How actuators are affecting medicine and robotics

Any science journal you read will deal with medicine and robotics. Human biology and robotics share a lot in common, starting with how closely connected and mysterious they both are and ending as widely researched, potential-infused prospects.favicon As we seek to learn more about ourselves, how we’re made and what we’re composed of, we come closer to being able to duplicate our very humanity into robotic form. One fascinating way this duplication has become possible is through the use of electric linear actuators.

In the world of linear actuators, robots have been given legs and the ability to walk. Power drills, pumps, and industrial appliances have been brushed aside for simulated human eyeballs and hands with super-strength. Micro-actuators give the robotic eye a more realistic movement based off repeatable but complex reactions. A glove-like instrument dressed in actuators may someday move beyond its prototype stage and give us the ability to grip things using only half the force required. One day, a robot that moves and appears to look around, one that can grip with its mechanical hands and walk across the room, may just be a possibility.

Many robotic technologies are still under heavy development phases. Human-looking robots, while their abilities continue to progress, are still far from being intelligent and agile enough to compete with a real person. Extra-strength gloves, although resourceful and potentially revolutionary, are reserved for technological development teams at NASA. Research will need to continue to improve and stabilize robots for co-existence with us before their true potential as human-assists and the benefits therein can be realized.