How can the different research areas within livMatS integrate their findings into functional materials systems and prototypical products? How will these materials systems look and feel like? How feasible are the materials systems regarding their industrial production and later real-life applications? To answer these questions livMatS will design and build technological demonstrators that act as first steps towards the later implementation of newly developed materials systems into industrial products, and highlight their wide application range.
livMatS develops demonstrators along three different lines: two sets are intended as proof-of-concept, and one set of demonstrators is oriented towards practical applications.
One demonstrator is inspired by the snapping mechanisms of the Venus flytrap and the waterwheel plant and should have all the functions of the living role models. Other demonstrators include soft autonomous machines with immanent sensing, controlling, and decision-making functionalities. Practical applications may include shape-adaptive objects for handling in work environments or medical uses.