The robotics industry has advanced tremendously in
recent years with several cutting edge developments. Now, researchers have
created a hydrogel-based, light-powered robot that swims in response to a
direct light source.
This particular robot, the OsciBot, is attracted to
and only powered by a constant visible light source. It doesn’t require a
battery pack or power tether of any kind. This type of technology could revolutionise
the maritime industry in terms of energy harvesting and propulsion in the future.
Over the next few decades,
the world’s energy landscape as we know it will change dramatically. One decisive
change is the ever-growing demand for power which brings about the need for new
and better energy innovations.
Wherever there is an
increase in access to reliable and affordable energy, people want to enjoy a
higher standard of living. While that is certainly a good thing, at the same
time, many of the world’s population lack access to even the most basic energy