Humanoid robots and advanced artificial limb prosthetics require actuators with capabilities generally corresponding to human muscles. Because no existing actuator technology comes even close to performing like a human muscle, robots and artificial limb prosthetics overwhelmingly use pneumatic, hydraulic, and electromechanical actuators as an interim solution. These 19th century technologies provide the required stroke, force, and time response, but they are too heavy, bulky, power hungry, and require complex support infrastructure (pumps, tanks, plumbing, or electromagnets), which makes them impractical or even unfeasible as a long-term solution.
Aqwest is now developing a revolutionary high-performance electric actuator aimed to supplant the traditional actuator a technologies in robots, artificial limb prosthetics, and other specialty applications. The Aqwest actuator is self-contained, compact, lightweight, conducive to miniaturization, and it can operate directly from a battery. We are working very hard to get this game-changing technology on the market in 2-3 years.