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Soft gel could power robot muscles that grow stronger with a workout

Soft gel could power robot muscles that grow stronger with a workout

Human musculature

Robots could one day have muscles

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Our muscles get stronger when put under stress and now robots could do the same, thanks to a soft gel that becomes harder when exposed to vibration.

Zhao Wang at the University of Chicago and his colleagues created the gel by embedding zinc oxide nanoparticles into a cellulose mixture. They then vibrated the material using a device designed to test car and aeroplane designs and found that the nanoparticles emitted an electrical charge, creating new links within the gel as the material turned into a polymer.

The team found that the strength …

Published at Mon, 22 Feb 2021 16:00:47 +0000