Vine Robot Light Heat
Unlike the Hadrian X, this innovative vine-like robot is not able to lay bricks, but it can seek out light and heat. Put simply, the robot has material-level responses embedded into its skin, enabling it to grow and steer toward either a light or heat stimulus.



This simple, yet effective, design concept advances the capabilities of bio-inspired robots and most certainly lays the foundation for future growing robots that can seek out light or heat. Some might have seen similar robots, but these take things one step further in terms of simplicity as well as the low-cost to build them.

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Potential applications include solar tracking, and in the future, fighting smoldering fires. We envision using similar robots to find hot spots in hard-to-access environments, allowing us to put out potentially long-burning fires faster,” said the researchers.

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