The bionic muscles consist mainly of a hollow elastomer cylinder embedded with aramid fibres. When the fluidic muscle fills with air, it increases in diameter and contracts in length, enabling a fluid, elastic movement. The use of the fluidic muscle enables motion sequences which approach human movement not only in terms of kinematics, speed and strength, butalso sensitivity. The fluidic muscle can exert ten times the force of a comparably sized cylinder, is very sturdy, and can even be used under extreme conditions such as in sand or dust.
This technology can have many applications. The engineers of Festo made some case-studies for us to drool on:
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