Re-engineering robots

Robots, no matter how intelligent, are restricted by their muscles, which are able to lift loads only half their own weight. Dr Adrian Koh, from the National University of Singapore’s Engineering Science Programme and Department of Mechanical Engineering, talks about how his team’s discovery of “robotic” muscles could mean robots that can carry loads eighty times their own weight. These new artificial muscles could also potentially convert and store energy to power the robots. The feat represents a first in robotics, paving the way for the building of human-like robots with superhuman power and capability.