Brawn instead of brain: scientists created artificial muscles for robots

2017-12-05
Brawn instead of brain: scientists created artificial muscles for robots

Researchers from Harvard and Massachusetts have teamed up to decide one of the key issues of modern robotics. They created artificial muscles for soft robots, allowing them to get rid of their main disadvantage, low carrying capacity.

Heavy and slow machines are replaced by the soft robots: compact, flexible and manoeuvrable systems. Low-tensile and low strength for lifting objects were the only disadvantages. Artificial muscles will allow this niche of robotics get a new twist in development.

Soft robots will be able to lift objects that are up to 1000 times their own weight due to this technology. Depending on the materials used (metal, plastic, rubber) and the filling of the surrounding environment (air, liquid), it is possible to achieve various additional properties. For example, reduce the size of the robot.

A decrease or increase in the pressure of the environment initiates the muscle’s movement. You can program a soft robot to perform particular job using artificial muscles in the skeleton. The technology is very promising.

 

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