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Scientists build tiny Terminator-style muscle

Posted on Friday, 27 December, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments

A taste of things to come ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias
Researchers have developed an ultra-strong robotic muscle that can throw objects 50 times its own weight.
In an achievement that could foreshadow the type of superhuman robots seen in movies such as 'The Terminator', scientists have used the transition of vanadium dioxide from an insulator to a conductor to produce a twisting robotic motor that, at the size of a microchip, can throw objects over 50 times its own weight within as little as 60 milliseconds.

"Multiple micro-muscles can be assembled into a micro-robotic system that simulates an active neuromuscular system," said physicist Junqiao Wu. "The naturally combined functions of proximity sensing and torsional motion allow the device to remotely detect a target and respond by reconfiguring itself to a different shape."

The impressive micro-muscle was found to be extremely durable, capable of twisting and turning more than 1 million times before degrading while also exhibiting a much wider range of movement abilities than existing motors.

"With its combination of power and multi-functionality, our micro-muscle shows great potential for applications that require a high level of functionality integration in a small space," said Wu.

Source: Raw Story | Comments (10)

Tags: Robot, Muscle

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Duchess Gummybuns on 27 December, 2013, 15:57
THE ROBOT UPRISING BEGINS Sorta. Okay, maybe not. I can't think of a pun. Sorry for wasting your reading time.
Comment icon #2 Posted by DumpsterJesus on 27 December, 2013, 20:57
*Waits for the technophobes to appear*
Comment icon #3 Posted by bruce fiction on 28 December, 2013, 2:36
Pretty soon we're gonna have ourselves a terminator robot
Comment icon #4 Posted by ShadowSot on 28 December, 2013, 2:50
You say Terminator, I say Iron Man.
Comment icon #5 Posted by DecoNoir on 28 December, 2013, 7:46
At least until we perfect the "Naked Austrian" upgrade.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Rlyeh on 28 December, 2013, 8:18
I've already got a list of those needing termination.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Zerocoder on 28 December, 2013, 18:14
Facinating, can't wait for viable applications to be released to the market.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Mantis914 on 28 December, 2013, 18:31
Be pretty cool if when you use it to throw something it makes that ringing sound that Steve Austin makes...
Comment icon #9 Posted by Eldorado on 28 December, 2013, 20:42
Houston Astros have ordered half a dozen.
Comment icon #10 Posted by highdesert50 on 29 December, 2013, 2:05
Might be wonderful opportunity for those individuals needing prosthetics.

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