Saturday, 2 March 2019

Move over servos, moist spider silk is the hot new robot muscle

quote [ Spider silk, already known as one of the strongest materials for its weight, turns out to have another unusual property that might lead to new kinds of artificial muscles. The resilient fibers respond very strongly to changes in humidity. Above a certain level, they suddenly contract and twist, exerting enough force to potentially be competitive with other materials being explored as actuators. "This could be very interesting for the robotics community. It's very precise in how you can control these motions by controlling the humidity." ]

You still have to silk off a spider.
[SFW] [science & technology] [+9 laz0r]
[by Ankylosaur@3:17pmGMT]

Comments

R1Xhard said @ 4:03pm GMT on 2nd Mar [Score:2]
So a new tagline?

"You still have to silk off a spider."
slaytanik said @ 8:55pm GMT on 2nd Mar [Score:1 Funny]
+1 moist
endopol said @ 2:16am GMT on 3rd Mar [Score:1 laz0r]
More like a dragline, amirite?
rylex said @ 4:15am GMT on 4th Mar
Maybe you could silk off a genetically modified silkworm?
ethanos said[4] @ 3:19pm GMT on 3rd Mar
you don't need no stinking spiders:
(okay okay I forgot my html and the sandbox is really no help)

https://phys.org/news/2010-05-scientists-goats-spider-silk.html
snowfox said @ 9:13am GMT on 9th Mar
But can we make condoms out of it?

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