Mobile Robots: Motor Challenges and Materials Solutions

  title={Mobile Robots: Motor Challenges and Materials Solutions},
  author={John D. W. Madden},
  pages={1094 - 1097}
  • J. Madden
  • Published 16 November 2007
  • Engineering
  • Science
Bolted-down robots labor in our factories, performing the same task over and over again. Where are the robots that run and jump? Equaling human performance is very difficult for many reasons, including the basic challenge of demonstrating motors and transmissions that efficiently match the power per unit mass of muscle. In order to exceed animal agility, new actuators are needed. Materials that change dimension in response to applied voltage, so-called artificial muscle technologies, outperform… 

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