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Robots Get Genetically Engineered Skeletal Muscles

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Rob Spiegel
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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
Rob Spiegel   9/21/2012 2:41:27 PM
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This is fascinating stuff, Ann. I find it amazing that muscle tissue is the engeineering answer to moving a robot. You're covering a very exciting field.

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mrdon   9/22/2012 12:25:27 AM
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Rob, I agree. The field of robotics is constantly changing. The days of mechanized machines are becoming quite eloquent and sophisticated using bioengineering as the catalyst in the design process. Although I'm not an advocate of creating artifical beings, the ability to create robots with human dexterity is somewhat intriguing. As always, great article Ann!

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Scott Orlosky   9/22/2012 11:32:24 PM
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Well I have to admit that this is a little bit freaky, but still pretty cool.  Who knows what this means for the future,  I suppose that some Cyborg, hybrid robot in 2050 will owe it's movement to these early developments.

 

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Ann R. Thryft   9/24/2012 12:38:02 PM
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Thanks, Rob and mrdon. I, too, was surprised to see yet another science fiction idea coming into reality with this subject. Like Scott, I think it's kinda freaky, but also fascinating.

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Jack Rupert, PE   9/24/2012 1:54:32 PM
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Ann, it would seem as if keeping the tissue in the nutrient bath would would defeat the purpose of this technology - namely eliminating the space required for more conventional motion control.

Any idea about the life-span, or is the fact that it's being "fed" cause cell division for an indefinite amount of time, thereby reproducing itself?  I'm running a little low on my memory of cellular biology.

Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   9/24/2012 2:08:31 PM
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Jack, I agree. All these questions are about bioengineering, not about robotics, so I suspect we'll have to wait until the team's next announcement.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   9/24/2012 7:16:15 PM
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Good points, Mrdon. Interesting how bioengineering has entered the robotics world. We could see a world of soft robots that are made of living tissue. Quite amazing.

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mrdon   9/26/2012 1:21:26 AM
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Rob, engineers are finding inspiration from nature and the future direction, it seems,  is to  package their basic behaviors in bio-mechanical machines to medically aid humans. Truly fascinating stuff!

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   9/26/2012 1:08:04 PM
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I agree, it is fascinating, Mrdon. The engineers are looking at a wide range of creatures to imitate as they build robots -- from cockroaches to fish.

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mrdon   9/27/2012 1:28:49 AM
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Rob, studying nature can provide inspiration where a tough engineer problem can be resolved within the Eureka moment by the movement of a cockroach. Cool stuff!!

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