Biomechatronics integrates biological elements into artificial devices. A dynamic is created where the biological element carries out a specific function to the system, while the artificial device promotes the adaptation and maintenance of the biological element.
In 2004, researchers created a robot that employs this concept by creating a swimming robot powered in part by two frog muscles. Why use live muscle tissue in a robot? Muscle acts as a ¨smart material¨ by being able to grow, repair itself and perform a vast array functions allowing it to adapt easily to increasingly demanding environments.
Click HERE to read the research paper by Herr and Dennis published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation