Robot that uses living muscle tissue

This "biohybrid" robotic finger melds a robotic skeleton with living rat muscle. The device is inside a container of water to keep the muscles from withering. The research is on the cover of this week's issue of the journal Science Robotics. Video below. From National Geographic: “If we can combine more of these muscles into… [Read More]

Summary… * Machine-Made


This "biohybrid" robotic finger melds a robotic skeleton with living rat muscle.
The device is inside a container of water to keep the muscles from withering.
“Although this is just a preliminary result, our approach might be a great step toward the construction of a more complex biohybrid system.”The research group began looking at living muscle tissue because plastic and metal provided a limited range of movement and flexibility.
To grow their robot's muscles, they layered hydrogel sheets filled with myoblasts—rat muscle cells—on a robotic skeleton.
The grown muscle is then stimulated with an electric current that forces it to contract.

Opinion… * Man-Made


The first stage to creating cyborgs has been completed: a #Cyborg finger that melds a robotic skeleton with living rat muscle. #Mankind #Trend

Source: Boing Boing