New Robot ‘Muscles’ Could Lead to New Generation of Soft Robots

Published by , January 8, 2018 1:18 pm

(ScienceMag) Researchers led by Christoph Keplinger, a physicist at the University of Colorado in Boulder have created soft musclelike actuators that use electricity to drive the movement of liquids inside small pouches. The robotic “muscles” could one day help a new generation of soft robots perform delicate tasks—everything from picking fruit to assisting elderly people.
That combination could spur numerous applications, including more lifelike prosthetic devices and soft robots that can work alongside people without safety concerns. And because the materials for making the soft muscles are cheap and readily available, other new designs are sure to follow.

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