Improved Integration of Living Muscles into Robots

Published by , June 4, 2018 12:09 pm

(ScienceDaily) Biohybrid robotics involves the use of living tissue within robots, rather than just metal and plastic. Efforts to integrate living muscle into machines have faced problems with the force these muscles can exert and the amount of time before they start to shrink and lose their function.
Now, researchers at The University of Tokyo Institute of Industrial Science have overcome these problems by developing a new method that progresses from individual muscle precursor cells, to muscle-cell-filled sheets, and then to fully functioning skeletal muscle tissues. The team first constructed a robot skeleton on which to install the pair of functioning muscles. The team built the living muscle from scratch using hydrogel sheets containing muscle precursor cells called myoblasts, holes to attach these sheets to the robot skeleton anchors.

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