Shop Forum More Submit  Join Login
The definition of a Gastrobot is that of a robot with a stomach. The stomach is nothing else but an MFC (Microbial Fuel Cell) that turns organic food into electricity.

I got fascinated by Gastrobotics back in 2001, when a local scientific magazine reported a new experiment by the University of South Florida, the Chew Chew train-like robot that fed on sugar cube to produce electricity for its own sustainance. The fields of Gastrobotics and MFCs are still in development, but today the experimentation has produced better robots and it's easier to build, too.

Here are a few examples of Gastrobotics projects:

Why Gastrobots?

  • They're eco-friendly
  • They're cheap to feed
I decided to use the Gastrobot biotechnology for my future robots for both of the above mentioned reasons. Organic food and waste take and return to the ecosystem, so they do not add to the pollution and are safe to have around. Gastrobots are also cheaper to feed because you can use leftover fruit and milk, for example, to feed the robot.

Types of food I will use with my robots include:
  • Fruit juice
  • Milk
  • Sugar water or tea
Yes, liquid food, and mostly carbohydrates and sugars. Easier to digest, produces more power and comes with less hassle for the organic waste processing, too. Because yes-- together with a stomach, there's a need for a waste processing unit, too -- a bladder, so to speak.

This is EcoBot III (from the project I mentioned earlier on) "going poop" (or "pee", depends on how you see it):



(Yes, I know... Don't laugh :roll: )

It's too early to present my conceptual sketches for my robots' digestive system, but this journal entry and the links and video I added should give you an overall picture.

Thanks for reading. Feel free to share your thoughts in comments. :)
Add a Comment:
 
:iconmechasupial:
Mechasupial Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015   General Artist
Hey these are pretty amazing! I didn't know they were making robots like these! <3 I want one! xD
Reply
:iconrobospins:
Robospins Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
It's a great nature-friendly technology. Good to build clean electricity generators to recharge mobile phones, too. www.instructables.com/id/Micro…
Reply
:iconsongal:
Songal Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2015
That's awesome!
Reply
:iconrobospins:
Robospins Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
Thank you! Challenging project, lots to study and experiment with, but let's see what I can achieve by 2020. ;)
Reply
:iconsongal:
Songal Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
That's a good time frame you have set :)
Reply
:iconrobospins:
Robospins Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
Thanks. =) That's the time frame to build Rollerbot. Humanoids will require more study/work, I think.

This is the wheels/motor base for Rollerbot: www.sparkfun.com/products/1105…
Reply
:iconsongal:
Songal Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2015
They look very high quality
Reply
Add a Comment:
 
×

:iconrobospins: More from Robospins


More from DeviantArt



Details

Submitted on
June 15, 2015
Submitted with
Sta.sh Writer
Link
Thumb

Stats

Views
709
Favourites
0
Comments
7
×