Like a lot of techie oriented people I follow the evolving field of robotics and the things that feed into it. In order for a robot to perform work it needs to be able to physically manipulate things in the real world. And that means some sort of equivalent to ‘muscle’.
Over the years we’ve seen various ideas and technologies come along with promises of being able to make these muscles happen. Nitinol wires that change shape under controlled stimulus is one of those. Now there’s a competitor that’s cheaper: Fishing line.
Read more in the abstract at Science Daily: Powerful artificial muscles made from fishing line and sewing thread