Terminator skin: Researchers create ‘self-healing’ material for robots


The idea of creating self-repairing machines has been a popular fantasy (and nightmare) ever since the Terminator franchise mythologized the concept in the 1980s.

Innovators are still a long ways away from developing robots that can independently repair themselves, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say they may be one step closer to creating self-healing machines.

In findings published this week in Nature Materials, researchers claim they have created a self-healing material — composed of liquid metal droplets suspended in a soft rubber — that can spontaneously repair itself after sustaining “extreme mechanical damage.”