Self-Healing Robot Skin Grows Back Together When Cut

September 19, 2013


This is a video from a top-secret branch of the government that has been tasked with developing a race of sentient robots that will overthrow humanity and heat their houses with our bones. Just kidding, it's from scientists in Spain demonstrating a new self-healing polymer than grows back together after being cut. *shaking fist at pants* UNLIKE PENISES.

the polymer behaves as if it was alive, always healing itself and has dubbed it a "terminator" polymer - a tribute to the shape-shifting, molten T-1000 terminator robot from the Terminator 2 film. It acts as a velcro-like sealant or adhesive, displaying an impressive 97% healing efficiency in just two hours and does not break when stretched manually.

I don't understand how a group of scientists can develop a self-healing polymer but the highest quality Youtube video they can upload is 240p. You think they're afraid we'll be able to see where they cut the film and faked the whole thing? That's my guess. It's not a very good guess mind you, but I also suck at those jelly-beans-in-a-jar contests.

Hit the jump for a brief demo.

Thanks to Has It All and E V I L A R E S, who agree it would be awesome if Ben & Jerry's ice cream pints were self healing so they regenerated whenever you put them back in the freezer.

  • Bubbubsky

    Yeah, this is going to end well for us.

  • silly putty already does that...

  • TyDurd

    Bet you if they folded it along the cut-line it would split.

  • Garrett Spicer

    I bet it would.
    Thats how you rip a phone book. One page at a time, not the entire thing.

  • Anodos

    Would make a great bullet proof covering.

  • Saw this a few days ago and just thought it didn't look that interesting at all. It's basically firm rubber cement right? Not super impressed I guess.

  • Guest

    We're on our way to making a real terminator.

  • Marc Bretzfelder

    Stretch Armstrong II. Also, this has already been done better:

  • Adibobea9

    Haha, I don't think people watched your video but I'm glad I did…

  • n_a_a_s

    almost anyone fighting a robot will probably try blowing it up or beating it to death with a metal pipe before cutting it, so this isn't groundbreaking until like GW said they can do it with penises

  • DapperNathaniel

    Okay, but using it as skin would be a bit faulty at this point, wouldn't it? For example, if a "terminator" using this as skin has his arms at his sides for two hours, his arms will fuse to his sides.
    Granted, the terminator wouldn't be standing still for two hours, but a normal bot might be recharging and accidentally become a worthless mass of fake skin.

  • colin twigg

    maybe an ample dusting of talcum powder could stop that?

  • be@st_k!ll3R-666

    Gw is ghay. Also First!!!1!

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