Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Engineers create robot muscles 1,000 times stronger than mine

I say that because I don't know how strong you are :)

Research being conducted at UC Berkeley is any indication of where robotics is headed, taking a punch from a robot very well take your head clan off your shoulders

The Berkeley Lab is reporting that they have developed robot muscles that are 1,000 times the strength of the average human. This does not bode well for those of you preparing for a Skynet style takeover - Arnie, where are you????

Berkeley's new robot "muscles" use vanadium dioxide, a compound that changes from an insulator to a conductive metal at 67 degrees Celsius.

That transition yields an incredible amount of strength. According to Berkeley Labs, their robo-muscles are " to catapult objects 50 times heavier than itself over a distance five times its length within 60 milliseconds — faster than the blink of an eye.


These Quick-reacting muscles could lead to a new line of energy-efficient electronics. The vanadium dioxide-fueled muscles have already proven themselves capable of expanding and contracting a million times over without breaking down, even at 200,000 RPMs.

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