May 10, 2012

Ecobot Decomposes After Gig Ends


Imagine having a robot that would decompose once it finishes its task. The University of Bristol, UK is working on a £200,000 research grant to do just that. While most outdated or overused bots will tend to resemble Wall-E.
Ecobot will be made of plant textiles and bioplastics that can be digested by organisms. Dr. Jonathan Rossiter, head of the team, claims that, "Once a biodegradable robot has reached the end of its mission, for example having performed some environmental cleanup activity following an oil spill, it will decompose into harmless material."

We could see these environmentally friendly robots hanging out in disaster areas or getting a one-way ticket to a planet far, far away.

Via University of Bristol

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Posted by Sheila Franklin at May 10, 2012 11:22 AM
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