The nanobot war is escalating. Not content to let Penn State’s nanospiders win the day, Georgia Tech has answered back with a noticeably less creepy blood-swimming robot model of its own, whose look is more that of a fish than any arachnid this time around. It still uses material changes to exert movement — here exposing hydrogels to electricity, heat, light or magnetism — but Georgia Tech’s method steers the 10-micron trooper to its destination through far more innocuous-sounding flaps. Researchers’ goals are still as benign as ever, with the goal either to deliver drugs or to build minuscule structures piece-by-piece. The catch is that rather important mention of a “model” from earlier: Georgia Tech only has a scientifically viable design to work from and needs someone to build it.
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Georgia Tech models swimming, cargo-carrying nanobots