In the first-ever public test of artificial muscle, in March a high-school girl arm-wrestled three devices powered by the material. See how well she fared
By Nate RalphPosted 08.03.2005 at 10:00 am 1 Comment
On March 7, 17-year-old high-school student Panna Felsen squared off against three stalwart competitors in the first-ever human-robot arm-wrestling match. Each of the robots was powered by a distinct variety of electroactive polymer, also known as artificial muscle. The contenders varied in size and shape, and their creators’ budgets ranged from $800 to roughly $250,000.
The competition was designed to promote the development of materials that could someday animate prosthetic limbs, shape-shifting airplane wings and a host of other devices.
The world’s first human-robot arm-wrestling match shows off the potential of a new material that someday could power machines—and even human limbs and organs
By Dan FerberPosted 07.18.2005 at 2:10 pm 0 Comments
In the annals of organized arm wrestling, there had never been a match like this. Ever since 1952, when the first official arm-wrestling competition took place at Gilardi´s Saloon in Petaluma, California, contestants have generally been large men with unusually muscular forearms. But on this Monday afternoon, the TV cameras focus on a slim 17-year-old girl.