As the world finds new ways to conserve energy and place every effort in promoting green energies, the robotics industry is forced to adapt to it.
One way of achieving this is by innovating the very source of robotics’ life: its batteries!
As Science Magazine explains, batteries with conformal shape and multiple functionalities could provide new degrees of freedom in the design of robotic devices. For example, the ability to provide both load-bearing and energy storage can increase the payload and extend the operational range for robots. However, realizing these kinds of structural power devices requires the development of materials with suitable mechanical and ion transport properties.
This is an exciting step forwards towards a greener robotics world!