We have all witnessed the immense power of robots which destroy and conquer worlds in movies, but we have never imagined such times would ever come close to reality. After all we are used to seeing robots only built for the sake of improving our lives by executing a variety of humanly tasks.
But recently researchers based at the University of California – Berkeley made a historic breakthrough in the field of robotics. They have developed an innovative miniscule robotic muscle which is ultimately 1,000 times more powerful than a human muscle.
The unique material the muscle is made of is called vanadium dioxide. The researchers discovered that when you heat vanadium dioxide up to 152 degrees the material transitions from an insulator to a conductor. During this transition it strengthens greatly. This enables the tiny robotic muscle to be able to hurl objects 50 times bigger than its own weight over a distance 5 times greater its length all within 1 second.
The physicist Junqiao Wu who is actually the leader of the scientific project stated that the incredible combination of power and multi-functionality of the micro-muscle has great potential for all kinds of different applications that need to be deployed in small spaces.