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The world’s first living robots are now able to replicate themselves, scientists have reported.
Scientists at Laja have set about mastering the ability of friendly robots to share data and take on the kinds of tasks that humans take on.
Their work could soon lead to direct physical interactions, in the hope of better health for people with disabilities.
These robots build complex networks of connected parts without direct aid from a human control system.
Speaking at the United Nations Science and Technology Programme Forum in Indonesia, Laja said it had increased the performance of robots by 20% without increase in power or cooling equipment.
“The improvement in capability of the robots and the time of reaction time (0.05 seconds) has reduced the interaction time of the robots with their environment to almost one second,” said Emanuele Fabbrini, who is part of the team.
He said this marked the first time robots with this kind of human-like capabilities had been achieved.
Media playback is not supported on this device First living robots capable of replicating themselves
The main use for the robots will be looking after people with a range of disabilities.
And Laja already has prototype robots that have had successful tests in nature.
They have had to withstand animal activity, dry themselves in wet sand, and even climb a mountain using light weight protective gear.
“Our big project is to enable physical presence for physical limbs that are not currently possible,” said Prof Fabbrini.
“We have to move from making what you see to acting together, and to need to feel, because now the robots can feel.”
He said the team wanted to be able to see this new kind of interaction in human-robot teams.
Watch the video of the Laja team’s efforts
Laja’s working robots are not able to walk or climb. Instead, they walk on soft cloth.