Scientists from two of the USA's universities have pioneered a new of creating artificial muscles. The scientists have dubbed their as a "soft robot". It is a 2.6-gram "muscle" that looks like a small bag with many -filled compartments. It has been given strength by supporting it with an origami-inspired structural . This allows the artificial muscle to lift an object that is 1,000 times its own . The New Scientist website said this weight-to-strength is the equivalent of a newborn baby lifting a large 4WD car. The -breaking discovery could greatly benefit many areas of science, , robotics and engineering.
The scientists are from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. They are in the field of soft robotics. They said their new soft robot muscle can be made in just 10 and costs less than one dollar. Researcher, Robert Wood, hopes to create "softer" robots that are more to humans. He said: "Humans are normally soft and compared to the big robots that you might find on an assembly . The next step is to take this system and develop it into a functional robot." Dr Daniela Rus explained that the robots could be like the human . They could be strong to grip any object firmly, while being soft and gentle.