With all the mind-blowing work being done at Boston Dynamics, it's easy to overlook interesting advancements in robotics at smaller, less visible labs around the world. Here's a demonstration video from the Suzumori Endo Robotics Laboratory at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, featuring an artificial human skeleton wrapped in bundles of multifilament synthetic muscles. When an electrical current is applied, these bundles of attached muscles act in a similar fashion to actual human muscles, though at a much slower rate of expansion and contraction that makes self-balance impossible at this point. By arranging the multifilament fibers according to how they have naturally evolved in a biological specimen, researchers are able to activate certain muscle groups in the legs, arm and head to create realistic motion and begin to formulate how this technology can be adapted to lightweight humanoids of the future. Have a look and tell us if we should be afraid ... very afraid!
Until then, keep your fingers away from this test robot''s teeth and keep increasing your running range for when the robot uprising begins.