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Wearable arm turns you into Doc Ock

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Tatetopa

The arm is cool. Mounting it to somebody's waist seems a little lame. If another person needs to control it, might as well use a mechanical platform.

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freetoroam

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Ideal for social distancing, but this picture is not a good example to use, she has two arms, does she really need the extra attachment round her waist to pick flowers? 

Saying that, what are those things on the bush? :wacko:

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XenoFish

I can see such tech developing into a usable exoskeleton. For using in space exploration and hazardous work. You'd need a fully functional neural link, so that the arm or arms would become second nature to use. Then again, how much of a step would it be to cybernetics.

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Seti42

It requires two people to do the work of less than one person. That's great.

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ercbreeze

Seems like they would get more work done--if the other person just helped her.

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Susanc241

You've got to start somewhere!

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jbondo
On 6/10/2020 at 2:48 AM, Susanc241 said:

You've got to start somewhere!

True, but this is cumbersome and probably heavy, requires two people and a control box that looks like it probably weighs at least 10 lbs. You have cables on the ground and the arm is going to throw the wearer off balance all the time and jerk them around.

Better off to begin development of a complete robot right from the start. The control box could be mounted inside and the control guy could do it remotely. I see no viability to this involving a person wearing it, except as one other poster said: "In space". Seems it would be a useful tool outside a spacecraft and all the balance and jerk issues would be eliminated. It could be plugged into a port on the side of the ship and controlled from inside.

To tell the truth, watching the video, it almost seemed like a hoax.

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Susanc241
55 minutes ago, jbondo said:

True, but this is cumbersome and probably heavy, requires two people and a control box that looks like it probably weighs at least 10 lbs. You have cables on the ground and the arm is going to throw the wearer off balance all the time and jerk them around.

Better off to begin development of a complete robot right from the start. The control box could be mounted inside and the control guy could do it remotely. I see no viability to this involving a person wearing it, except as one other poster said: "In space". Seems it would be a useful tool outside a spacecraft and all the balance and jerk issues would be eliminated. It could be plugged into a port on the side of the ship and controlled from inside.

To tell the truth, watching the video, it almost seemed like a hoax.

Just consider the room sized computers we started out with and look where we are now!

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jbondo
Posted (edited)
28 minutes ago, Susanc241 said:

Just consider the room sized computers we started out with and look where we are now!

I get the idea. I just don't see this as something that's going to develop. Like I said, if you are going to use an automated arm, why not use an entire robot with multiple arms? At the rate this will advance...well, frankly, robots like this are already under development. Not to mention, In auto factories, the workers don't even need to wear the arm. I guess I just don't get the perception that you'd need to wear the arm, unless it's being developed for the disabled and that's also being worked on already, with appendages located where human arms normally are located.

I don't know, normally, I'd see the future in such a system. But, for some reason, it just hits me wrong. JMO.

Now this on the other hand (another thread in UM), has tremendous potential:

 

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jbondo

Here's a far more feasible "wearable arm":

 

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