Artificial intelligence is slated to grant future robots the brains for world domination, now it turns out they'll also have the brawn.
A research team from the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has created artificial muscles that can stretch five times their original length and could give robots the ability to lift up to 80 times their own weight. To put this in perspective, that would roughly be like an average 190 pound man bench pressing a 7.5-ton African elephant. This is a first in the field of robotics and will likely pave the way for life-like robots with superhuman strength.
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Led by Adrian Koh from NUS's Engineering Science Programme and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the team has been working on the project for a year. To make these muscles, Koh and his team used ultra stretchable polymers.
"Our materials mimic those of the human muscle, responding quickly to electrical impulses, instead of slowly for mechanisms driven by hydraulics. Robots move in a jerky manner because of this mechanism," Koh said in a news release. "Now, imagine artificial muscles which are pliable, extendable and react in a fraction of a second like those of a human. Robots equipped with such muscles will be able to function in a more human-like manner - and outperform humans in strength."