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Would you like to hold your beating heart in your hands?

Credit: Rusty Squid

People in Bristol have had the chance to hold a robotic version of their own hearts - complete with synchronised heartbeats.

It works by linking the soft robotic heart, which has an in-built sensor, to a heart monitor.

It mimics the participant's own heartbeat as their hold the robot model in their hands.

Credit: Rusty Squid

The aim of the project is to share with people how the beating heart works, how disease can influence the heart, and how medical imaging could form part of personalised and predictive medicine in the future.

Credit: Rusty Squid

We focus on soft robotics which people can physically handle. So, for example, one of the members has built Heart Robot which engages in a very primal way. It looks like a puppet but has inbuilt robotics which create a heartbeat and enable it to squeeze someone’s hand.

We find that they’re very popular as a marketing tool because it gets people talking and engaging.

– Brendan Arnold,

So, how did people on the streets of Bristol find the experience?

The company behind the design, Rusty Squid, was the winner of the New Enterprise competition at the University of Bristol.