Tim Helps from the University of Bristol team was at the Electroactive Polymers and Devices (EAPAD) conference presenting the team’s research on Electroactive Gel artificial muscles.
These muscles are made from a special kind of jelly which exhibits fascinating anodophilic behaviour. This means they “love” the anode (positive electrode), and crawl towards it when a voltage is applied to them.
By stacking layers of electroactive jelly on top of one another, the team can make artificial muscles which are soft and squishy, perfect for inclusion in wearable robotic clothing where motors and pistons can’t be used.
The paper relating to this research is available here.