Researchers have developed a new type of artificial muscle for soft robotics that can support a broad range of motion at relatively low voltage and no rigid components. “We think this has the potential to be the holy grail of soft robotics,” said lead study author Mishu Duduta. Electricity is easy to store and deliver but until now, the electric fields required to power actuators in soft robots have been too high. “This solves a lot of the challenges in soft actuation by reducing actuation voltage and increasing energy density, while eliminating rigid components,” Duduta added.


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