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mrdon
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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
mrdon   9/27/2012 11:18:33 AM
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Hi Rob, I agree. Studying replication of nature with robotics is very interesting than the emulation of human attributes.

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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
Rob Spiegel   9/27/2012 10:04:32 AM
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Yes, Mrdon, and it makes sense to study the movement of different creatures to see what dynamics they are using that could be borrowed for machine motion. In robotics, I find that more interesting than the replication of human attributes.

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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
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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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
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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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
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!

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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
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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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
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.

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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
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.

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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
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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Re: What keeps the muscles alive?
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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