Interfacing living organisms with technology for biohybrid robots
The EU-funded Robocoenosis project seeks to introduce a novel paradigm of 'life form in the loop' in underwater robotics which will allow the development of new types of complex bio-hybrid entities, putting together different living organisms and technological elements using a symbiotic/mutualistic method. These bio-hybrid entities will have unique features in terms of energy harvesting, sensing and actuation, and will be fully integrated in their environment of operation. Moreover, they will be autonomous, robust, and noninvasive owing to the use of adapted lifeforms and biodegradable materials. The developed bio-hybrid technology, including tools and methods to interface living organisms and technological elements, will be made accessible to a wide community.
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