Researcher proposes bio-degradable robots that return to earth after duties

There are many advanced robots that work to clean oil spill, remove plastic junks in oceans and other places. Ironically most robots of the day, including the ones that are assigned to clean the earth and keep its ecology, are made out of toxic and non-biodegradable materials. There is a strong voice against this trend by Dr Jonathan Rossiter, a researcher at the Bristol University, for which the researcher has come with a bright idea of building robots for all purposes using bio-degradable materials.

Bio-degradable robots
Bio-degradable robots

Rossiter, also a member of the Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), has recently received a £200,000 two-year research grant to bring his idea to reality. Well, if Rossiter and team’s work goes well, we will have a revolutionary step in developing robots using bio-degradable components in two years. The research will mainly address the usability of bio-degradable robots in various areas, where robots are largely used today.

According to Bristol University, all existing robots are made of solid resilient materials, which are highly toxic and non-biodegradable. Once their lifespan is over, these robots are useless and their waste shall cause critical ecological issues. Besides, governments and other agencies will have to spend much to recover these worn out robots and to dismantle them.

The only way to tackle the issue is to develop robots that bio-degrade after their duties. Imagine of a robot that collects the plastic junks in the ocean and decomposes in the waters after its lifetime. It will be immensely helpful for the nature and also for robot developers, who won’t have to spend a lot on metals and other precious materials to construct the robots. As well, they won’t have to spend further to discover the exhausted robots from seas or other places.

Via: BristolUniversity/TreeHugger

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