December 27, 2012      

Ounce for ounce, the vanadium-dioxide actuators deliver a force three orders of magnitude greater than human muscle. The researchers hope the micro-actuators could one day be used as tiny pumps for drug delivery or mechanical muscles in micro-scale robots. In those applications, the actuator?s extraordinarily high work density, the power delivered per unit volume, offers a great advantage.

Researchers are partnering Berkeley Sensing and Actuation Center to integrate their actuators into devices...

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