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biomechanical builder set

use electroactive polymers to create organic movement
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I have recently saw a specical on TV discuss a portable generator they want to install in a solider's boot to generate power while walking. It uses a fantastic electroactive polymer that act just like human muscle that when voltage is applied to it, it stretches. The process is reversible that when you stretched it, it generate voltage.

I think it is a waste to put such wonder in a boot of solider. A better usage of it would be use them to teach our kids biology and how the animal works their muscle, and truly appreciate what complex machine nature have built. Better yet we should let them use their imagination to create new machine that fully utilized such material.

bing, Jun 05 2002

boot generator http://www.darpa.mi.../energy/pa_sri.html
[bing, Jun 05 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]

All information on electroactive polymer http://ndeaa.jpl.na...mas/eap/EAP-web.htm
[bing, Jun 05 2002, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       I smell a whole mess of new ideas a-comin'.
phoenix, Jun 05 2002

       This could be a good way to protoype giant monsters.
Aristotle, Jun 05 2002


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