Robotic Plant That can Grow Roots Coming Soon

by Bidita Debnath on  August 12, 2013 at 3:52 PM Research News
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Researchers have developed a robot that has the ability to grow roots, just like a plant does.
 Robotic Plant That can Grow Roots Coming Soon
Robotic Plant That can Grow Roots Coming Soon
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At the Living Machines Conference in London, Barbara Mazzolai of the Italian Institute of Technology unveiled a project called 'PLANTOID'- a root system that would be able to pull energy from the soil without relying on other power sources, such as batteries, solar or wind, Discovery News reported.

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The research team will build specialized sensors to detect chemicals, moisture, soil acidity, temperature and gravity, and will also develop Inter-root communication.

The main challenge for the researchers is to build a component that can grow, while still remaining strong.

For stationary robots, a root-like system would allow the machine to pull power from the environment without relying on the sun or wind.

Source: ANI
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