Imagine making muscles that can contract and relax of their own accord. Through a textile process in which threads and fibres are knitted or woven together, the flexibility and functionality of our muscles is replicated. In terms of materials, textile processes have been combined with organic electronics, which involves different kinds of electrically conductive polymers. The final product could be used in several different ways in the medical world; to repair limbs or redirect blood flows. The vision for the product also, of course, includes replacing entire muscles.
Researcher: Nils-Krister Persson, in collaboration with Linköping University