Yeah, we've seen some pretty fancy
robotic arm work already
this year, but Festo is out to show 'em all up with its fluidic muscle-packin' Airic's_arm. This robotic prosthesis
sports a "bone structure" which mimics that found on a real live human, and can be moved via the 30 "muscles" built within. Essentially, Festo's approach to movement relies on "an elastomer tube reinforced by aramid fibers, which contract quickly and exert a pulling force when they're filled with a blast of compressed air or liquid." Of course, you'll notice it doesn't offer quite the same range as less bionic
alternatives, but this thing's pretty accurate, indeed. Check it out for yourself, the video
's right down there.
- Festo's Airic's_armRead
- Video of Airic's_arm in action