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MIT develops robot arms of Doctor Octopus style

MIT develops robot arms of Doctor Octopus style

Otto Octavius , or rather, Dr. Octopus, is one of the most notorious villains in the Marvel universe, which is one of the enemies he faces Spiderman. Doctor Octopus was a scientist who used to work with a mechanical exoskeleton arms that, after an accident, fused with his body. Although Doctor Octopus is a character in the world of comics, the are a reality and are used in the field of medicine, space exploration or in the military with the idea of restoring mobility to people who suffer paralysis or allow load people and provide them with greater weight, thus more force. At MIT, a team is also working on an exoskeleton that seems a little closer as Doctor Octopus, as reported by New Scientist , working on the development of a pair of robot arms, like Spiderman’s enemy, we dock with to help us perform tasks where we need “more power”.

The idea of Federico Parietti and Harry Asada, the pair of researchers at MIT, is a pair of arms that could attach up to our hips thanks to a device that would place us as a backpack (where he stayed the entire system), ie, an image very similar to the system used Octavius except that his goal is to help factory workers.

Helping? Factory workers? As we have seen with exoskeletons, eg military, these devices are used to provide additional capabilities to the person using them, for example, the ability to lift extremely heavy objects or carrying them and, indeed, are these functions to cover with these arms “support” that also could be used to make crafts that involve some risk (like driving cutting tools).

The operation, of course, can not be autonomous so researchers have developed a learning process so that, after the capture of the movements to be performed by a person, the images are processed and transformed into patterns that follow the robot (how to catch a tool, use it how far, how to use, etc). Thus, when an operator approaches the assembly line, the arm could get the tool and work, yes, under the control of the same operator (who would command the system).

A very interesting research.

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