Artificial Muscles Redefining the Tech World

Ionic Switch

Researchers at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have established a fluid ionic switch using artificial muscles that can generate a force thirty-four times its own weight. It only requires ultra-low power, marking a paradigm shift in the world of robotics and engineering.

Fake Works as Natural

This switch has artificial muscles that mimic the behavior of natural muscles, which are composed of ionic polymers. They are like stretchy strings with charged beads attached.  Electricity makes the beads move, resulting in the string bulging or shrinking, allowing them to act like tiny muscles.

The ionic polymer artificial muscles work by changing their shape when an electric field is applied. Taking into consideration its small size and thinness, which is roughly the width of a hair, the fact that it produces the power of such force is impressive. It could be applied to battery-powered applications, including soft robotics, wearable technologies, and medical devices.

Professor IlKwon Oh from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, who led this research, said, “The electrochemical soft fluidic switch that operates at ultra-low power can open up many possibilities in the fields of soft robots, soft electronics, and microfluidics based on fluid control.” He added, “From smart fibers to biomedical devices, this technology has the potential to be immediately put to use in a variety of industrial settings as it can be easily applied to ultra-small electronic systems in our daily lives.”

The fluid switch works utterly in narrow spaces, based on external stimuli, including electricity, air pressure, and the changes in temperature, the artificial muscles create movements. So, it can easily control the flow of fluid in such restricted spaces, offering immense possibilities in different industrial settings to the small electronic systems in our daily lives.

Simple Mastery of Design

The simplicity of the device’s design opposes the incredible strength that it holds, displaying the strength and the power of originality in the field of engineering. What it can do is monstrous, from lifting enormously heavy objects to managing intricate movements with utmost exactitude. Yielding a further era of automation and efficiency.

Low-powered, hair-like, thin, precise, oversees massive power, and lifts high-weighed objects artificial muscle-based device. All of that and more. What a discovery! Such a breakthrough needs more depth in research and development prior to the integration into real-world applications.


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