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Muscle-Bound Bots Bench 80 Times Their Own Weight

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   10/15/2013 8:39:04 AM
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Wow, Ann, this is pretty impressive. This type of strength and capability of robots has a lot of potential for application, and really shows how advanced robot functionality is becoming. I could see this being used in artificial limbs or muscles, which would be an amazing breakthrough for the human users. It reminds me of the bionic man television show back in the 1980s (if I may date myself here, ahem...or was it the 70s? sometimes I get confused).

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Elizabeth M   10/15/2013 8:40:59 AM
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The Army also is working on a futuristic "Iron Man" type exoskeleton suit for soldiers...perhaps this type of thing could have an application there: http://siliconangle.com/blog/2013/10/14/us-army-building-talos-real-life-ironman-armor-to-give-troops-superhuman-strength/

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Ann R. Thryft   10/15/2013 11:40:39 AM
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I think the Bionic Man TV show was in the 70s, but some things in the distant past are starting to slide together in my memory, too. Just checked Wikipedia--yep, the 70s. Good analogy!

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Ann R. Thryft   10/15/2013 11:42:21 AM
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Combining these muscles with the TALOS exoskeleton would make for one scary, Bionic Man-like robot, don't you think?



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Charles Murray   10/15/2013 6:37:47 PM
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Wow, these are amazing numbers, Ann. They've improved their lifting ability by a factor of 160X, while tripling their stroke length. I would expect the lifting ability to increase when the stroke length is shorter.

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Ann R. Thryft   10/15/2013 6:53:09 PM
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Yes, Chuck, this is one of the most amazing materials discoveries I've seen. It's all in the plastic. The relationship you expect between strength (lifting ability) and stroke length might be true, within limits, for other materials such as metals.

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Elizabeth M   10/16/2013 3:17:27 AM
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Yes, totally, Ann, I agree! I'm actually working on a report about TALOS and it already seems like it has potential to be incredibly high-tech.

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Elizabeth M   10/16/2013 3:25:01 AM
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And thanks for the TV history check, Ann! I guess I could've done that myself. I thought it was the 70s...it would be interesting to do a retrospective now and see what technology the bionic man supposedly had and compare it to technology actually available today. Maybe some would match up!

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BrainiacV   10/16/2013 10:09:27 AM
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Power Loaders like the one in ALIENS would be useful too.

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Ann R. Thryft   10/16/2013 11:16:36 AM
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That sounds like a good idea for a slideshow.

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