In addition, these novel artificial muscles could potentially convert and store energy, which could help the robots power themselves after a short period of charging.
Led by Dr Adrian Koh from NUS' Engineering Science Programme and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the four-member team has been working on the project since July 2012.
Robots -- current limitations
Robots, no matter how intelligent, are restricted by their muscles which are able to lift loads only half its own weight -- about equivalent to an average human's strength (though some humans could lift loads up to three times their weight). Artificial muscles have been known to extend to only three times its original length when similarly stressed. The muscle's degree of extendability is a significant factor contributing to the muscle's efficiency as it means that it could perform a wider range of operations while carrying heavy loads.