Abstract will follow, in the meantime see the press release:
Millirobot with a talent for versatility of movement
A magnetic drive allows a tiny untethered vehicle to walk, crawl, jump and swim through a complex environment.
Tiny robots need not fear obstacle courses in the future: Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart have developed a minuscule, flexible robot that can master a variety of forms of movement. Its magnetic drive allows it to walk, crawl and roll through difficult terrain. Moreover, it can transport small loads and swim on and in liquids. In future, tiny robots moving in this way could transport medication specifically to where it is needed.
Biography: Dr. Wenqi Hu is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher in the Physical Intelligence department. He is presently conducting extensive tests of a miniature soft-bodied robot on various biological phantoms for medical applications. The results of these research activities have been patented by the tech transfer institution Max Planck Innovation. Besides this, Dr. Hu has also worked on many other projects in the fields of biological materials, electrical materials, and microrobotics in recent years, resulting in 14 published journal articles (6 as first author), 15 conference papers (7 as first author), and 5 invention disclosures.