It is liquid metal and can "eat" substances and self propelled as an engine to recharge itself
Chinese scientists developed liquid metal machines that can change its shape as the T-1000 robot from the movie "Terminator 2".
Researchers at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, China Academy of Sciences and the School of Medicine, Tsinghua University, found a liquid metal that can "eat" substances and promoted as a motor car that recharges itself .
The finding, which may be the precursor to the development of a liquid metal robot, was published in the journal Advanced Materials.
They found that if the machines "eat" a small piece of aluminum a ball of molten metal is formed with a diameter of 5 mm. These can move spontaneously in various solutions and structured by more than one hour at a rate of two inches per second channels.
"The biomimetic mollusk is highly adaptive and closely fits the geometric space in which it is" the scientists wrote.
Engine power liquid metal comes from the endogenous electric field of liquid metal alloys and "food" and the hydrogen generated by the electrochemical reactions.
Based on the theory, researchers have developed several machines of liquid metal that can move in alkaline electrolytes, acid or neutral.
"These 'transformers' liquid metal and locomotives may have a use on demand given the specific designs," says the document of researchers.
The development of flexible intelligent machines that change shape is shared by scientists and engineers dream.
traslation: Belén Zapata