(USA)

A UCLA professor has developed a soft robot that replicates the ‘biomechanics of a stingray’ using ‘live heart cells’.

The tiny robot, which is 10 millimetres long, could help deliver advances in regenerative medicine and medical diagnostics, according to UCLA bioengineering professor, Ali Khademhosseini.

“The development of such bioinspired systems could enable future robotics that contain both biological tissues and electronic systems. This advancement could be used for medical therapies such as personalised tissue patches to strengthen cardiac muscle tissue for heart attack patients,” he said.

The study was published in Advanced Materials.