DAEJEON, Dec. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A joint research team from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Pusan National University announced on Monday that it had developed an artificial muscle that resembles but is stronger than human muscle.
The research team created the artificial muscle using a new material created by applying high-quality graphene to liquid material that is greatly elastic like animal muscle depending on changes in temperature.
The remote-controllable artificial muscle displays excellent exercise capability, as it is 17 times better than human muscle in task implementation and six times higher in output density.
The research team succeeded in lifting a 1-kilogram dumbbell using the artificial muscle, while an artificial inchworm made of the new material moved at a speed three times faster than a real inchworm.
“The newly-developed artificial muscle material can be used for various future industries, including biometric robots and wearable devices,” said Kim Sang-wook, a professor of materials science and engineering at KAIST.
The study was published in the international academic journal Nature Nanotechnology.
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