Berkeley Researchers Create Robo-Muscles 1,000 Times Stronger Than Ours

The world may be oohing and awing over all the wonderful uses we're finding for graphene, but there's another super-material vying for the spotlight. Vanadium dioxide might eventually become a household name because in addition to revolutionizing electronics, researchers have now discovered it can be used as an… » 12/23/13 9:33am 12/23/13 9:33am

Creepy Smartphone Add-On Shocks Your Muscles For Realistic Force…

When delivered through a vibrating motor in a controller or smartphone, force feedback isn't particularly realistic. So researchers at Germany's Hasso Plattner Institute have developed a new system for smartphones that uses electrical muscle stimulation to physically move the player's hands and forearms in response… » 2/05/13 11:20am 2/05/13 11:20am

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

Muscles Made From Wax-Filled Yarn Are Way Stronger Than Yours

The expansion and contraction of muscles keeps us alive every second of every day. Even though it's such a basic part of our existance, creating artificial muscles has proven to be a bit more complicated. That is, until now. Scientists have recently found what could be a good solution: yarn full of wax. » 11/16/12 12:40pm 11/16/12 12:40pm

Multigym-in-a-Closet Keeps Your Fitness Under Wraps

Gym bunnies amongst you might be interested in the Murphy Gym, a shallow cupboard full of the kind of equipment you need to look like a condom stuffed with walnuts—marbled walnuts if you are either a hunk of Kobe beef, or if you like popping S.T.E.Roids as if they were M&Ms. I'm also guessing that this little… » 6/10/08 6:45am 6/10/08 6:45am

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