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Soft Robotics Muscle Breakthrough

The CSAIL/Harvard research team notes that their 2.6-gram muscle can hoist a 3-kilogram object, which is like a “mallard duck lifting a car,” and also shrink to 1/10th its original size. This is accomplished using significantly less power than traditional motors comprised of metal, wire and electronics. The research was funded by the military and reported at Photos courtesy of the CSAIL/Harvard team.

Thanks to CDR David Place (USN/Ret), davidplace47[at]gmail[dot]com, and Robin E. Alexander, President ATC, alexander technical[at]gmail[dot]com, for their assistance with this report.

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