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World's strongest robot muscles made from everyday fishing line

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Posted in Hardware on 22nd Feb, 2014 12:48 AM by AlexMuller

For a thousandth the cost of his carbon nanotube muscles, Baughman and his team have constructed a fishing line muscle capable of lifting objects 100 times heavier than natural muscle of the same size. They're also more powerful, putting out the equivalent of seven horsepower per kilogram, more powerful than a car.

 
The secret of these crazy-strong muscles is a combination of coiling and heat. Think of a model airplane with a rubber band-powered propeller. The more you twist that rubber band, the more energy it has stored up inside it. By then heating the already-coiled fishing line, Baughman's team was able to contract the "muscle" further, powering the muscle without releasing all that built-up tension. Just one fishing line, ten times the width of the hair on your head, can tirelessly lift up to 16 pounds.
 
What's more, by precisely controlling the heat acting upon the coils of fishing line, researchers were able to reliably control the muscles. The wide variety of fishing line strengths available could mean that, in the not-so-distant future, artificial limbs and robots alike could have tailor-made arms capable of superhuman feats of strength.
 

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+2
Mechanical power of Robots is becoming more and more powerful every day. Robots are getting ready for many jobs that are so difficult to do for humans. With the added improvements from AI, Robots will be able to tackle many other job also.....
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
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Yes, not just mechanical power. The capability of intelligent machines is growing as their cost collapses. They are doing things reliably now that would have sounded implausible only a few years ago.
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+1
It is already clear that robots will have many applications, they could be guides, entertainers, careers .. ....
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
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I found recently about REEM robot. As a guide, REEM robot first scans the environment, and then certain points of interest need to be selected on its map. After knowing its environment, REEM is able to show people where they are and guide them around, whilst avoiding all kinds of obstacles. Amazing! Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
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Boston Dynamics’ robots are also very advance. I found that among the creations to crawl, jump and gallop from its labs are Big Dog, a four-legged robot that can clamber over uneven terrain and Cheetah, which claims to hold the record for the fastest legged robot in the world. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
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It seems that there is a lot of talk and great expectations but also that the pace if bringing robots to a work place is not as rapid and straight forward as some are predicting - no need to be alarmed in my opinion
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
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Danger is real. The harsh labour market experience of the young over recent years could be a sign of what is in store. Growing numbers of low-skilled workers risk being unemployable. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-02-22
+1
I think that robotics is the next big step in tech. The progress has already been made, it is getting it even more affordable that meters now Reply


 

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