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.