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Super-stretchy, self-healing material could lead to artificial muscle | KurzweilAI

Super-stretchy, self-healing material could lead to artificial muscle | KurzweilAI

Stanford researchers have developed a new material that can stretch to 100 times its original length by exposing it to an electric field, and even repair itself if punctured, making it potentially useful as an artificial muscle.

Artificial muscles currently have applications in some consumer technology and robotics, but small holes or defects in the materials currently used make them less resilient, and they can’t self-repair if punctured or scratched, according to Stanford chemical engineering professor Zhenan Bao.

Source: Super-stretchy, self-healing material could lead to artificial muscle | KurzweilAI