New Artificial Muscles Could Be The Holy Grail Of Soft Robotics

soft-robotSoft robots are able to do a number of different things but they move slowly. Actuators, the artificial muscles for soft robots, usually use pneumatics or hydraulics. These are hard to store and don’t respond quickly. There is, however, a solution for this in the form of dielectric elastomers.

Dielectric elastomers have some of the important qualities necessary for this use including good insulation and soft materials but they are lacking the ability to provide high voltage and rigid components so that their form can be maintained. These elastomers use inefficient and complex circuitry to provide high voltage and, without rigid components, they are unable to keep their form.

A new dielectric elastomer has been developed by researchers at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard that can work with low-voltage, offers a better range of motion and doesn’t require rigid components.

By Science News Journal

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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