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Breakthrough in Collaborative Magnetic Microrobotics

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Researchers from the University of Twente successfully exploited two of these one-millimetre-sized magnetic microrobots to perform several operations.

The microrobots are biocompatible and can be controlled in difficult-to-reach and even enclosed environments.

Credit: University of Twente (Netherlands)

Researchers at the Netherlands' University of Twente (UT) engineered two 1-millimeter (0.03-inch)-sized magnetic microrobots to pick up, move, and assemble cubes collaboratively.

The robots operated in a three-dimensional environment while the researchers used a custom-made controller to move direct their interaction.

The biocompatible microrobots can function in hard-to-reach and enclosed spaces, making the technology promising for biomedical research and applications.

UT's Franco Piñan Basualdo said, "We can remotely manipulate biomedical samples without contaminating them. This could improve existing procedures and open the door to new ones."

From University of Twente (Netherlands)
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