Origami Muscles

Researchers have created artificial muscles whose function was inspired by origami, which will be useful for soft robots

Source: Inspired by origami, scientists build artificial muscle that lifts 1,000 times its own weight

Imagine a robot that doesn’t require steel or hard plastic. Imagine a robot that can wrap its lifting device around an irregular shaped object and conform to it’s shape for a secure grip. I can imagine all sorts of “soft” robot applications for this.

For instance, how about a robotic prosthetic arm allowing a mother who lost her arm to hug her child? Rescue robots that can pluck up people or animals from places without fear of further injuring the person or animal?

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