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Research paper : Development of human-friendly polymeric actuators based on nano-carbon electrodes (Kinji Asaka)−122−Synthesiology - English edition Vol.9 No.3 (2017) 8 Current status of the polymeric actuator technology using nanocarbons and future prospectsFor the practical issues of durability and reliability of the actuator that became apparent through the braille display project, many issues were solved through the NEDO grant and corporate joint research after the completion of the MHLW project. As a result, we succeeded in developing polymeric actuators using nanocarbons that are applicable to various kinds of utilization.In the future, we wish to realize the application to thin and light devices using this actuator element, as well as the development of a robot actuator such as Power Assist by upscaling through the development of stacking technology.AcknowledgementsThe contents presented in this paper are the results of joint research with the following people. I express my gratitude.Professor Takanori Fukushima (Tokyo Institute of Technology); Professor Takuzo Aida (the University of Tokyo); Ms. Atsuko Kosaka (Tokyo Institute of Technology); Dr. Kenji Kiyohara, Dr. Takushi Sugino, Dr. Naohiro Terasawa, Dr. Ken Mukai, Mr. Ichiro Takeuchi, Dr. Kenji Hata, and Dr. Don Futaba (AIST); Sendai R&D Center, Alps Electric Co., Ltd.; Professor Takao Someya (the University of Tokyo); Professor Tsuyoshi Sekitani (Osaka University); Professor Yasushi Nakano and Mr. Tetsuya Arai (Keio University).This paper includes parts of the results obtained through the grant from the following projects: NEDO R&D for the Utilization of Nanotech and Advanced Material (2006–2008); FY 2009 MHLW R&D Project for Service and Support for Persons with Disabilities; FY 2010 MHLW R&D Project for Service and Support for Persons with Disabilities; and NEDO Project for the Development of Innovative Carbon Nanotube Composite Materials to Realize Low Carbon Society (2012–2014).ReferencesK. 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