“Knitted muscles” provide power
Researchers have coated fabric with an electroactive material, and in this way given it the ability to actuate in the same way as muscle fibres.
Developments in robot technology and prostheses have been rapid, due to technological breakthroughs. For example, devices known as “exoskeletons” that act as an external skeleton and muscles have been developed to reinforce a person’s own mobility.
“Enormous and impressive advances have been made in the development of exoskeletons, which now enable people with disabilities to walk again. But the existing technology looks like rigid robotic suits. It is our dream to create...