A team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University has just developed a unique variety of artificial muscles inspired by origami art, which can lift up to 1000 times their own weight and still being enough dexterous to raise and grip a delicate flower.
The latest invention has been described in a scientific journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, which gives a new way to offer soft robots a super muscular strength that could be applied everywhere as inside our bodies to the outer space.
According to the history, the robots have been made up from metal and several other solid materials, because they give them robustness. but, at the same time robots also required to be made up of soft, pliant materials for dealing with the places that are hard-to-reach, also for the navigation of unpredictable environments and interacting safely with people, such as perils of shaking hands with robots having steely grips.
A roboticist and Director at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Daniela L. Rus, who is one of the leading author of the study said in a statement that, “We’ve been interested in soft robots for a long time because they’re safe, because they are compliant and because they can deal with uncertainty. They’re very robust and easy to control, relatively speaking. What we want are soft, safe, compliant robots that have strength, s have the properties that are now achievable with hard-bodied systems. This way we have the best of both worlds.”