Artificial Muscles Robotic Arm

Clone robotics is creating the first biomimetic, powerful androids with human-level hands in order to address the most prevalent issues of daily life and improve the actual world.

Anthropomorphic, robust hands

The human-level hand is the last component of robotic technology required to create sentient androids. The first robust manipulator with 27 degrees of freedom has been created by Clone.

Proprietary artificial muscles

After 8 years of trial-and-error R&D, Clone has invented a class of hydraulic McKibben muscles, which are:

  • Robust to environmental perturbations and large payloads
  • Extremely energy efficient
  • Built with materials that are cheap to manufacture
  • Twice as strong as human muscles 

Low-cost, biomimetic skeleton

Clone has developed a technique to chemically mold dense, biomimetic skeletons from materials that can be obtained almost.

Compact, hydraulic power supply

Clone has condensed a state-of-the-art hydraulic powering system to fit inside an average human skeletal torso.

We got strong, fast, energy-dense, high-efficiency, biomimetic, soft, safe, clean, organic and convenient robotic technology. The dumbbell weighs 7 kg (15.6 lbs), the forearm with the hand only 1 kg (2.2 lbs).

However, browsing through the [Automaton Robotics] YouTube Channel does provide some insight into the mechanism at play, despite the fact that the designers of the Artificial Muscles Robotic Arm have been quite quiet about it. Artificial muscles that are brought to life by water that is 130 PSI pressured allow for the movement of the arm and hand (9 bar). These specifics are not revealed, although the muscles themselves seem to be a waterproof fibre weave. similar to finger traps, bladders enclosed in a flexible steel mesh?

This artificial muscle robotic arm is powered by water and consumes 200W maximum. 

We invented and produced a portable power supply and our own valves to have complete control of the speed contraction and to compress the entire power system (for a whole body) inside the torso of a human robot.

The ultimate goal of [Automaton Robotics] is to develop a humanoid robot utilizing their artificial muscle technology. The hand is seen lifting a 7 kg (15.6 lb) dumbbell despite the fact that some of its strongest artificial muscles are still being added, which makes the presentation highly remarkable.

Right now, our robotic arm is powered by only half of the artificial muscles compared to a human body. The strongest muscle to bend the fingers is still missing. The fingers will move from left to right but they don’t have the muscles yet. Movement of the pastern and wrist from left to right are also blocked. This version has a position sensor in each joint, but these have not yet been implemented in the software. We will add all of the above in the next prototype.

Sequences of movements were written and transmitted with simple one-handed commands. To provide fun to people like butlers, janitors, drivers, construction workers (even in space), we are developing a platform for learning purposes for augmented, prosthetic and possibly fully humanoid robots, and in the future, immortality through human implantation. I want to achieve a brain on a machine.

It appears that [Automaton Robotics] has used the same technique using water in place of pneumatic artificial muscles, which contract when air pressure is applied, as mentioned in an article we published on artificial muscles.

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