Synthetic fiber 'muscles' could lead to brawny robots and prosthetics

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) As a cucumber plant grows, it sprouts tightly coiled tendrils that seek out supports in order to pull the plant upward. This ensures the plant receives as much sunlight exposure as possible. Now, researchers at MIT have found a way to imitate this coiling-and-pulling mechanism to produce contracting fibers that could be used as artificial muscles for robots, prosthetic limbs, or other mechanical and biomedical applications.

Synthetic fiber 'muscles' could lead to brawny robots and prosthetics

Most attempts at giving robots muscles tend to be heavy, slow or both. Scientists might finally have a solution that's both light and nimble, though. They've developed fibers ...

Sun 14 Jul 19 from Engadget

Cucumber tendrils inspire artificial muscle

MIT team develop system of contracting fibres that could be used in biomedical devices and robotics Cucumbers and some other plants employ mechanical means to maximise the amount of sunlight ...

Fri 12 Jul 19 from The Engineer

Artificial muscles achieve powerful pulling force

As a cucumber plant grows, it sprouts tightly coiled tendrils that seek out supports in order to pull the plant upward. This ensures the plant receives as much sunlight exposure as possible. ...

Fri 12 Jul 19 from Science Blog

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