Researchers converted an optical signal into a chemical signal (NO) in the cells; an electrode detected the NO and converted it into an electrical signal. (credit: LiOrr Yarkoni et al./Bioinspiration & Biomimetics)

A step toward creating a bio-robot hybrid

December 3, 2012

Would it be possible to integrate biological components with advanced robotics, using biological cells to do machine-like functions and interface with an electronic nervous system — in effect, creating an autonomous, multi-cellular biohybrid robot?

Researchers Orr Yarkoni, Lynn Donlon, and Daniel Frankel, from the Department of Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University think so, and they’ve developed an interface to allow communication between the biological and electronic components*, described in an open-access article in Bioinspiration & Biomimetics journal.

Read more: A step toward creating a bio-robot hybrid | KurzweilAI.

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