The Future: Musclebots

Posted: Mar 1 2004, 12:20am EST | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 2:19pm CDT, in News | Other Stuff


The Future: Musclebots
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A NASA funded research project at the University of California, Los Angeles developed the first micromachine powered by live muscle tissue. The silicon microrobot is just half the width of a human hair. The muscle tissue used is from a rat's heart.

NASA hopes swarms of crawling "musclebots" could one day help maintain spacecraft by fixing holes made by micrometeorites.
Carlos Montemagno team at UCLA breakthrough is to have developed an automated way of anchoring muscle tissue to a substance like silicon.
More details on the New Scientist.

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