Free Trend Report Free 2019 Report & eBook

Get the top 100 trends happening right NOW -- plus a FREE copy of our award-winning book. Our Research Methodology

This article is one of 350,000 experiments. We use crowd filtering, big data and AI to identify insights.

Mohsen Shahinpoor's Flytrap Robot Can Mimic Muscle Function

 - Nov 1, 2011
References: popsci & dvice
The Flytrap Robot effectively mimics the deadly motion of the Venus Flytrap. Although it brings to mind the evil Decepticons from the 'Transformers' franchise, this development will most likely be used for good, not for bad. Essentially, the Flytrap Robot creates a potential fuel source for future robots, allowing them to charge up independently from traditional hookups.

Created by Mohsen Shahinpoor at the University of Maine in Orono, the Flytrap Robot would actually 'digest' insects as a source of electrical power. To do this, it uses artificial muscles made out of polymer membranes coated with gold electrodes. Through creations like the Flytrap Robot, an alternate form of energy can be harnessed. Hopefully these robots don't go rogue.