Robots are becoming stronger and more flexible.

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Robots are becoming stronger and more flexible.

Humanoid robots such as Sofia are being granted citizenship in Saudi Arabia, as well as the backflip atlas of the boss, stiff, strong and bulky. They look like us; They’re not designed behind us. But researchers are trying to make robots easier without losing power.

Two new studies unveiled Thursday by the science and science robot show the new mobile robot component, called an actuator, to push soft robots to make them more adaptable, flexible and powerful.

With these new designs and other work from field scientists, soft robotics could benefit many industries, including industry and healthcare. Not only that, but because robots are made of soft materials, they are unlikely to harm us, which means we may find ourselves interacting with softer robots in the future.

Flex for me

These new components, known as hydraulic amplification self-healing electrostatic actuators (HASEL), can contract precisely and resemble the muscles of mammals, and sometimes even more than humans. These “muscles” can lift a baseball, even a delicate item like a raspberry or an egg.

“We are inspired by the amazing ability of biological muscles,” said Christoph Keplinger, a senior author of two papers, in a press release. “HASEL actuators have the advantage of synergistic soft fluid and soft electrostatic actuators, so they combine versatility and performance, just like no other artificial muscles before.

The exposed bones of these moving parts: a flexible, bag-shaped shell filled with plant transformer oil (electrical insulator acting as a charge polarization) and a hydrogel electrode. Once the voltage is applied, they bend. Researchers tested doughnut – and flake hassell actuator, namely complete representatives of 1 million to 158000, respectively (RON Burgundy will leave deep impression), at the same time raise is higher than its own weight, as in the outline of scientific papers.

On the basis of these designs, researcher Nicholas Kellaris and the team created the Peano-HASEL actuator, which is described in the scientific robot paper. The design consists of three rectangular bags that are connected together, filled with liquid and able to move faster than the muscles of the human body.

You may have noticed that self-repair is included in the full HASEL name. If there is a problem, say there is electrical overload (or depth, deep burn), these “muscles” can repair themselves.

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