Textile muscles made of flexible polymers could open the door to powered clothing able to provide a muscular boost when needed.
Developed by teams at Linköping University and the University of Borås, the artificial muscles are made from cellulose yarns that have been coated with a flexible, electrically conductive polymer. Applying a current to the polymer will trigger it to flex, and altering the style of the weave will cause the material to react in different ways.
The team believes the soft muscles could be used to create assistive clothing that comfortably conceals its real purpose.
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