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Default Gelform Robots

Gelform robots are non-standard 'bots that specialize in after-earthquarke disaster relief and underground infrastructure repair.

Initially invented by the wasp-like Oon race, these multi-use robots have spread across much of the galaxy because of their usefulness, their compactness for shipping, and their cheap production price.

At TL9, the basic gelbot is less than 3 inches wide. Its the worlds first completely soft, autonomous, and untethered robot. It is free of wires, batteries, and any hard material; it has no internal skeleton.

Gelbots revolutionize robotics in many ways. They are the first free-form robots that a planet ususally develops as they advance towards more sophisticated 'bots. They usually come into heavy demand in the industrial sector of a planets' economy, helping maintain underground infratructure that is not easily accessible by humanoinds or other human-form repair bots. Gelbots are the first generation of non-standar bots and are a precursor to more effective nano-gelbots at higher tech levels.

Most industrial robots are not geared towards human interaction. Soft robots like gelbots provide a safe solution; if they run into something its like bumping into a spongey ball.

The early generation gelbot moves by pneumatic power. An internal circuit triggers a chemical reaction, turning its liquid hydrogen peroxide into a gas, which inflates the robots limbs and allows them to move. The whole assembly can be created from silicone using a 3D printer. In disaster zones, gelbots can search for survivors much easier than traditional methods, and they can repair critical underground systems after such an event, or cut them off like gas mains, water pipes, etc.

Gelform robots at higher tech levels are biocompatible and biodegradeable. Since they are compact, lightweight, and have no rigid structure, these 'bots are easy to store, transport, and sell.
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