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New scavenger technology allows robots to ‘eat’ metal for energy

Posted on April 14, 2020 — Jessica Jones Gupta

Rather than a battery, the researchers’ metal-air scavenger vehicle gets energy from breaking chemical bonds in the aluminum surface it travels over. The vehicle keeps going until the hydrogel slab it’s dragging dries out or the surface is completely corroded, but a freely moving robot could seek out new sources of water and metal.

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