SCIENTISTS AT CARNEGIE MELLON LITERALLY MADE A LIQUID METAL ROBOT
This is totally cool! But it’s the totally cool that gives anyone who’s seen any of the Terminator sequels a little shudder. Because scientists have literally made a working liquid metal robot. Yes, you read that right. A robot that can move around and manipulate it’s environment. And it’s made out of liquid metal. It’s made out of a combination of magnetic materials, to be precise. Neodymium, iron, boron and the (of course) liquid metal gallium. It’s the first of its kind off the big screen. So don’t expect it to grow an instant metal sword arm and stab you thru the windshield. Not quite yet, anyway.
LIQUID METAL ROBOT COULD SOON REMOVE TOXINS FROM YOUR STOMACH
But this little liquid metal robot can already shape shift. It can liquify itself and reform! That means it can get into and out of hard to access locations and get out. It also means it can escape from cages! And soon, it could be used as a hand-free soldering machine, or even extract swallowed toxic items. Yes, that means a liquid metal robot would go into you (and then out) to save your life. This early years Terminator wonder was designed by Carmel Majidi and his colleagues at Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania.
LIQUID METAL ROBOTS BEING REAL IS A HUGE STEP IN THE FUTURE OF ENGINEERING
This nascent and first liquid metal robot design will still melt when too close to a magnet. And yes, that is still in line with the Terminator movies. Looks like James Cameron got that right on the nose. But this little guy can’t reform after the magnetic exposure, unlike the assassin machines from the films. Yet this marks a historic moment in engineering. Shoot, it marks a historic moment in the very idea of what engineering means, with almost limitless applications in medicine, all sorts of repair in all environments, even in mass production.
The world now has real liquid metal robots!