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Friday, December 09, 2011

World's First Elastic Cable for Robots

Roboden, Asahi Kasei
Japanese company Asahi Kasei has developed the world’s first elastic electrical cable “Roboden”. According to the video on their webside the cable can stretch by a factor of 1.5, “like the human skin.”
The company envisions humanoid robotics as one of the main applications. Typically, for robots to be able to articulate their rigid joints, roboticists have to include extra, slack wiring to accommodate the movement. A stretchy cable is more forgiving, eliminating the need for some of that slack.

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