Super-Ripped Robot Mimics Human Muscle

it never skips leg day

a musculoskeletal robot driven by multifilament muscles
The creation of Tokyo Institute of Technology's Suzumori Endo Lab, a musculoskeletal robot driven by multifilament muscles.Suzumori Endo Lab, Tokyo Institute of Technology

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.

Robot eats what looks like a Mac n' Cheetos
Robot eats what looks like a Mac n' CheetosSuzumori 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.