Researchers develop "robot muscles" that are 1,000 times stronger than humans

By on December 24, 2013, 3:30 PM

Incredible strength has traditionally been an attribute of most robots but now, researchers at UC Berkeley are working to make it a reality. They’ve created what is known as artificial muscles that could one day give robots 1000 times the strength of a human.

These robot muscles use special properties from a material known as vanadium dioxide which is a compound that can change from an insulator to a conductive metal at 67C. A side effect of the transformation, we’re told, is incredible strength – enough to move objects that are 50 times heavier than robotic muscles. What’s more, they can move objects up to five times further – all in the blink of an eye.

In laboratory testing, these muscles were able to survive repeated contractions (up to one million times) even when the speed of movements was driven up to 200,000 RPM. Scientists believe the breakthrough could lead to more powerful robots while the technology itself may be useful in creating more efficient electronics.

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Guest said:

Screw robots. I'm thinkin' Jax from Mortal Kombat... Except you'd probably want this on the inside. Cybernetics FTW.

yRaz yRaz said:

They've created what is known as artificial muscles that could one day give robots 1000 times the strength of a human.

I think that without a good power source these seems like they aren't going to be useful for extended periods of time.

2 people like this | NTAPRO NTAPRO said:

Develop more ways to take our jobs

wastedkill said:

Isnt this more like circuit muscles than anything? Specially as its like requires a really powerful microscope so in reality this isnt robot muscles as its not a real robot its just a circuit.

Guest said:

Those robots are going to kick our asses one day

davislane1 davislane1 said:

Those robots are going to kick our asses one day

Once they've reached their predetermined kill limit it will be a non-issue. We just need enough waves of men to throw at them.

cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Once they've reached their predetermined kill limit it will be a non-issue. We just need enough waves of men to throw at them.
LOL

Lets hope it is not a 64-bit kill limit, 18446744073 billion is a huge wave of people.

Guest said:

With this tech coupled with THE PETMAN we will be having a war sooner or later . <Terminators>

Guest said:

Hopefully these are developed and in production before the eventual rise of the "Kaiju". :eek:

JC713 JC713 said:

Develop more ways to take our jobs

LOL xD.

RzmmDX said:

Once they've reached their predetermined kill limit it will be a non-issue. We just need enough waves of men to throw at them.
LOL

Lets hope it is not a 64-bit kill limit, 18446744073 billion is a huge wave of people.

Kill limit? Why would there be one? It's just going to be in a while infinite loop that breaks once there are no more humans available.

Guest said:

Sorry, that's pretty much already happened thanks to affirmative action and the governments inept stance on keeping our borders solid. So what's another thing?

Guest said:

Now augment them onto me so I can punch through walls!

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