Cometh the cyborg: Improved integration of living muscles into robots

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Cometh the cyborg: Improved integration of living muscles into robots – Source sciencedaily.com

Researchers have developed a novel method of growing whole muscles from hydrogel sheets impregnated with myoblasts. They then incorporated these muscles as antagonistic pairs into a biohybrid robot, which successfully performed manipulations of objects. This approach overcame earlier limitations of a short functional life of the muscles and their ability to exert only a weak force, paving the way for more advanced biohybrid robots.

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