These artificial arms can be controlled by… your legs

by admin June 1, 2017 at 3:29 pm

If two heads are better than one, then what are four arms? That’s the important question posed by a collection of Japanese roboticists from the Inami Hiyama Laboratory, who’ve developed an additional pair of robotic arms that you can add to your body.

Their project is titled ‘MetaLimbs: Multiple Arms Interaction Metamorphism’. It ties the movements of these robotic arms to the motion of your legs – with tracking markers on your feet and knees allowing you to control the wrist and elbow joints respectively. Bending sensors on your toes control the fingers.

“Sometimes we face problems because of physical limitations in the number of limbs,” the researchers explain in a video they put together showing their system in action. 

“We propose metalimbs – adding additional artificial limbs to your own body. The artificial limbs can be customised depending on various situations.”