Origami Inspired Artificial Muscles

Origami Inspired Artificial Muscles


music starts♪ Artificial muscles could make soft robots safer and stronger Capable of lifting 1000x its own weight Researchers at the Wyss Institute, Harvard SEAS, and MIT CSAIL have developed a novel design approach for origami-inspired artificial muscles The muscles are made of a compressible skeleton and air or fluid medium encased in a flexible skin and are powered by pressure difference The muscle motions are programmed based on the structural geometry of the skeleton Artificial muscles can also programmed into the material Artificial muscles can also grip, lift, and twist objects A variety of materials and fabrication methods can be used to create low-cost artificial muscles with different key features, including… Transparency… Water solubility… Soft elasticity… Hydraulic actuation… Electronic integration These artificial muscles are
fast, light-weight, and powerful And could be used for miniature
medical devices, deployable structures, or
wearable robotics. [credits]
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