‘Knitted muscles’ provide power

Conceptual model of a textile exoskeleton with the textile actuator (black) on an elastic elbow sleeve (white).
Credit: Thor Balkhed/Linköping University

Researchers have coated normal fabric with an electroactive material, and in this way given it the ability to actuate in the same way as muscle fibres. The technology opens new opportunities to design "textile muscles" that could, for example, be incorporated into clothes, making it easier for people with disabilities to move. The study, which has been carried out by researchers at Linköping University and the University of Borås in Sweden, has been published in Science Advances.

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