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Prototype of liquid Terminator T-1000 made in China - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 14 March 2015 22:29

Chinese scientists have presented a self-propelled motor of liquid metal - a kind of prototype to change the form Terminator T-1000.

Arranged machine is very simple: it is a drop of gallium alloy (which becomes liquid at temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius) with a mixture of indium and tin. If the device is placed in a solution of caustic soda (or even in normal saline) and then drop to the same aluminum swarf (as fuel), then the droplet will move. About an hour, it will move in a straight line to circle along the edges of the cup or squeeze through the obstacles.

"This soft machine resembles a rational creature. It is able to deform depending on the space where it moves: just like the Terminator from the famous film, "- said Liu Jing (Jing Liu) from the Beijing Tsinghua University. In its behavior the motor is not much different from living organisms, underlines the scientist.

When Liu and his colleagues first saw a drop in traffic, they do not understand how they got it. Further experiments indicated the two mechanisms. Part of the thrust gives the charge imbalance, because of which there is a difference in pressure between the front and rear edge of the drop, and this is pushing it forward. Furthermore, contact of aluminum with caustic soda, hydrogen bubbles are allocated, which impart additional acceleration of the car.



If you hold a drop in a fixed position, it turns into a pump to pump about 50 milliliters of water per second. "This is the world's first pump with an energy source," - says Liu.

The invention of the Chinese group - just one in a series of attempts to create intelligent robots, flexible and able to change the shape of the direction of travel (as the T-1000). In 2014, American scientists have found that when in contact with an electric current gallium alloy takes bizarre forms, and when you turn off the electricity returns to its original position. Liu plans to use this method for controlling the speed of the drop, but also to coordinate the movement of many such devices. Soft machine to start will be used for cargo delivery pipes and drugs through the blood vessels.


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