It was recently announced that the German based company FESTO has developed a bionic arm that uses the muscle emulation technology Fluidic Muscle. This technology uses air pushed through a complex valve system to produce precise movements like those found in nature. This type of robotics has vast potential for building robots that are capable of much more complex tasks than today.
Could this aid in the development of better prosthetic limbs in the foreseeable future? I think that it is entirely possible, especially with the advancements in nerve manipulation through inserted chips with today’s prosthetics. See CNN’s article on brain chips for more information, and check out the video on FESTO’s Website to see the fluidic muscle at work.
This is pretty cool technology. I cannot wait to see what comes next.