MIT’s new exoskeleton arms

Need a hand? Two? Look no further!

Thanks to a team of researchers at MIT’s d’Arbeloff Laboratory, a set of robotic arms have been developed which can be mounted on your shoulders or waist. Now…where have I seen that before?

Meant to augment actual arms, these robotic arms instead base their movements off of the movements of their wearer’s entire body, measuring acceleration and orientation to predict what they should be doing. By detecting and anticipating what your own arms are trying to do by using a pair of wrist-mounted sensors, the robotic arms will position themselves to assist the wearer.

The MIT researchers are also working on a separate set of arms, pictured above, that will help with building planes. It attaches to the waist, and it’s meant to be used to hold objects or brace the someone while they’re working. And irritate Spidermen.


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