Harvard and MIT scientists have built robot muscles that can lift 1,000 times their own weight


Origami inspired vacuum-based muscles that are cheap to make (out of a compressible skeleton of metal or plastic and air or fluid encased in a flexible skin) and capable of lifting 1000x their own weight.


  • from the video it looks like the speed and reaction time are still hard to control and/or slow but a great step for cheap muscles that don’t need those characteristics
  • the muscles can grip, lift and twist based on differing structures, so generic mutli-purpose use still requires complex interaction of muscle groups