Kent Researchers Develops ‘Walking’ Polymer

Story excerpt provided by Kent Patch.

Written by Mona Kazour.

Scientists at Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands and Kent State University in Ohio have developed a new material that can undulate and therefore propel itself forward under the influence of light. To achieve this, the scientists clamp a strip of this polymer material in a rectangular frame. When illuminated, it goes for a walk all on its own. This small device, the size of a paperclip, is the world’s first machine to convert light directly into walking, simply using one fixed light source.

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Originally published July 5, 2017.

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