Skeleton Muscle Bot Brings I, Robot's Future One Step Closer

Eerily reminiscent of the design of Sonny and the other NS-5s in I, Robot, Kenshiro is the University of Tokyo's latest attempt to create a humanoid robot that accurately mimics human movement. And the researchers there believe the best way to build an artificial human is to simply copy our anatomy, particularly our… » 12/11/12 2:40pm 12/11/12 2:40pm

Artificial Muscles That Can Heal Themselves (and Power Up Your Gadgets)

Unbelievably enough, researchers in California have developed an artificial muscle that can expand more than 200% when electricity is applied to it. By using carbon nanotubes, they have added a level of durability that can not be matched by current artificial muscle materials. If an area of the nanotube fails, the… » 3/20/08 8:15pm 3/20/08 8:15pm