The Dawn of Biodegradable Robots

Jonathan Winfield, Jonathan Rossiter, Ioannis Ieropoulos

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Abstract

Robotics is a field that is not normally associated with green technology or sustainability. Robots are generally constructed using materials that are non-biodegradable, toxic and expensive. These factors can limit the potential uses that an artificial agent might have, especially if operation is required outside and away from where humans live. Things are further complicated when considering the robot’s power supply. In most cases, batteries are used that will inevitably run out and require recharging from charging stations. Imagine then, an environmentally friendly robot, one that can safely roam a targeted area whether that is within agricultural fields, rain forests or remote jungles. Movement would not be random but with a preset purpose built-in perhaps to identify pests, clean up human-made waste and generate electricity from it, or simply monitor/sense environmental conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationACS Network Chemistry Community Online
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Media of outputBlog
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2016

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