Patent Number: 6,168,634

Title: Hydraulically energized magnetorheological replicant muscle tissue and a system and a method for using and controlling same

Abstract: A hydraulically energized magnetorheological replicant muscle tissue is provided as well as a system and method for using and controlling the same. The artificial muscle tissue is capable of causing motion, inducing force and enabling control thereof with life-like action. Numerous muscle tissue elements may be combined together to form a tissue capable of causing motion, inducing force and enabling control. Each muscle tissue element may receive fluid from a fluid supply. Control of fluid entering and exiting the muscle tissue element through valves may be effected using a central processing unit. As a result thereof, life-like action and artificial muscle tissue may be formed that replicates actual muscle tissue.

Inventors: Schmitz; Geoffrey W. (Wausau, WI)

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International Classification: B25J 9/14 (20060101); B25J 9/10 (20060101); F15B 15/00 (20060101); F15B 21/00 (20060101); F15B 15/10 (20060101); F15B 21/06 (20060101); A61F 2/68 (20060101); A61F 2/50 (20060101); A61F 2/70 (20060101); A61F 2/54 (20060101); A61F 2/76 (20060101); A61F 2/74 (20060101); A61F 002/54 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018