We often think of robots as superior to ourselves, but when it comes to the abilities afforded us by our muscles, robots have a hard time keeping up. Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are working to change that with newly-developed soft muscles that work a lot like our own, and can even heal themselves from certain kinds of damage.
The new robo-muscles are called hydraulically amplified self-healing electrostatic actuators, or HASEL for short. They're a potential replacement for hard metal motors and hydraulic pistons that robotics designers often lean on to provide their creations with movement. In a pair of papers published this week in Science and Science Robotics, the researchers describe their biologically-inspired soft robot muscles as having the potential to revolutionize how robots move.
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