Handbook of Digital Innovation
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Handbook of Digital Innovation

Edited by Satish Nambisan, Kalle Lyytinen and Youngjin Yoo

Digital innovations influence every aspect of life in an increasingly digitalized world. Firms pursuing digital innovations must consider how digital technologies shape the nature, process and outcomes of innovation as well as long- and short-term social, economic and cultural consequences of their offerings. This Handbook contributes to a transdisciplinary understanding of digital innovation with a diverse set of leading scholars and their distinct perspectives. The ideas and principles advanced herein set the agenda for future transdisciplinary research on digital innovation in ways that inform not only firm-level strategies and practices but also policy decisions and science-focused investments.
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Chapter 15: Innovations in microrobotics and their implications in a digital world

Louis William Rogowski, Caitlin Bubel, Xiao Zhang and Min Jun Kim

Abstract

This chapter presents the work of the Biological, Actuation, Sensing, and Transport Laboratory (BAST Lab) located at Southern Methodist University (SMU), a highly specialized and ambitious research group that focuses on developing a spectrum of microrobots for medical applications and the development of programmable matter. Microrobotics relies heavily on digital innovations for success. The laboratory uses a diverse set of control mechanisms to actuate and direct microrobots of all different forms. These robots include geometric magnetic particle aggregates, artificial cells, and bacterial hybrids; all of which possess powerful features that can be adapted for different environments within the human body and can be used to fabricate novel structures and sensors. This chapter delves into the technology employed by BAST Lab and extrapolates the potential innovations to come from the research.

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