Smart tissue has appeared that changes its shape

Robotic tissues usually work in conjunction with bulky external machines that modulate

air pressure inside them to forcetissue move or change shape. Since this may limit their potential use, a team of researchers from the Harvard Institute introduced a textile-based soft robot that can regulate itself.

Researchers from harvard institutedeveloped a robotic fabric called Smart Thermally Actuating Textiles (STATs), which consists of hermetically sealed bags containing Novec 7000 engineering fluid. When heated, the fluid evaporates, which changes the shape of the fabric. But when it cools, it condenses back into the liquid, thereby reducing tissue.

To get rid of an external device thatregulates the shape of the fabric, the researchers weaved electrically conductive silvered threads into the material. They serve as heating and sensory elements of smart tissue, allowing you to change the temperature and pressure needed to turn liquids into steam and vice versa.

Scientists say they can produce tissuemassively and with an arbitrary shape, which gives a wide range for its application. It can be used, for example, in mechanotherapeutic wear-resistant materials that accelerate tissue repair. Researchers also suggest embedding it in pillows with a responsive response so that people with disabilities can customize them.

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