, Volume 14, Issue 6, pp 965-967

Guest editorial introduction to the Special Issue on bio-hybrid systems and living machines

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Introduction

Current research in robotics and mechatronics is more and more oriented towards the development of flexible, soft and high performance components able to mimic biological structures. The challenge of producing a novel generation of machines, able to overcome current technological limitations (mainly due to actuator, sensor and battery performances) will necessarily entail the communion of biology and micro/nano-technology.

Bio-hybrid systems foster the opportunity of integrating a properly engineered artificial structure and a living bio-system, to boost or to exploit the unique characteristics of biological systems or components, refined over millions of years of natural evolution, in order to support specific applications and to solve advanced or critical technological problems.

Living machines represent emerging and promising platforms for a wide range of applications, ranging from the microscopic to the macroscopic domain, and related to the medical field, but also to man