Pena-Francesch Lab: Designing Non-Metallic Squishy Magnets to Power Soft Robots

The Pena-Francesch lab researchers are looking to use magnetism to guide soft robots and for medical implants and devices. Their research is centered around finding solutions to control soft robots without using tethered power supply's. They developed a non-metallic 'squishy' magnet that is light enough to add to soft robotic components and powerful enough to guide using magnetic fields. The magnets could be used in medicine to guide ingestible capsules to a targeted area in the body, or to insert implants. It's an exciting development that could have an impact on robotics, medicine and sustainability efforts.