Fans of the second incarnation of science fiction TV series Battlestar Galactica certainly remember the humanoid cylons, sometimes referred to as “skinjobs” because they (unlike their metal predecessors) have actual skin.
Real robots can now take one step closer to this ideal. Soft muscles have been developed by researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). They have developed a dielectric elastomer with a broad range of motion that requires relatively low voltage and no rigid components.
This means robots can have soft materials as outside skin and muscles closer to living creatures. Number Six will be happy about that!