Super-Ripped Robot Mimics Human Muscle

it never skips leg day

Have you been mesmerized and horrified by technology yet today?

Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology created this nightmare-fuel to move less like a robot and more “creature-ish”–which, yeah, success. As the skeleton itself says, “My legs have almost the same number of muscles as human.” It brags about walking in place using OpenSim patterns and the help of an auxiliary instrument.

A gif of a robot with filament muscles eats Cheetos.
This robotic skeleton has muscles made from soft pneumatic filaments that connect its joints together and allow it to stretch or contract like real muscles. It was created by scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology with the hopes that it would move less like a robot and more “creature-ish.” Suzumori Endo Lab, Tokyo Institute of Technology

“I am trying something new every day,” it says, taking a bite of what looks like a Mac n’ Cheetos and kicking a basketball, two totally normal human activities.

The soft pneumatic filaments connect joints and stretch or contract like real muscles, but aren’t very strong, fast, or finely-controlled. Which is fine. All bodies are beautiful and terrifying in their own way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZBD2tcKOU4