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Engineers develop 'smart textile' that can change shape, lift objects 192 times heavier

Australian engineers have developed a "smart textile" that can change its shape  and lift objects like human muscles.

The material is made by weaving fabric and muscle fiber from silicon tubes filled with water. It can be manipulated using a syringe.

The textile, which can lift objects 192 times heavier than it is, can be the start of developing a human smart suit like Iron Man's.

It can be a wearable exoskeleton, a compression garment for massage therapy, or developed into a shape-shifting robot that can be used in search and rescue for remote areas.

Developers are also studying its potential for a device that can be wrapped around the heart and help pump blood for people with cardiovascular disease.

—MGP, GMA News