The mechanical tentacles are thought controlled and designed to manipulate materials that the human body couldn?t
cope with, like extreme heat and, er, magnetism. They?re very flexible, strong, and capable of some kind of visual
recognition. And for some reason Octavius has given them artificial intelligence (so they can surprise him with a nice
cup of tea from time to time?), but to prevent them from actually taking over his brain he inserts an ?inhibitor chip?
in his spinal cord.
Unfortunately, during the demonstration his pro-greed generator malfunctions, and in the CGI-madness that inevitably
follows, his wonderful wife dies a horrible death. The inhibitor chip melts, and the tentacles evil nano-probes are
quick to take control of Octavious, transforming him in to the not-very-cyborg-sounding Dr Octopus.
The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), who are Dr. Octopus to the
US Department of Defence?s Oscorp, have already kindly come up with thought controlled arms for monkeys who regular
limbs are too busy with, you know, bananas and stuff.
Real world solutions to creating mind-controlled limbs mostly involve suspending/supporting them directly from the
skeleton, which is a similar principle to that used in the movie. Instead of giving these limbs artificial intelligence
(and of course, making them evil to boot) and using an inhibitor chip to prevent the limbs from taking over the host,
it?s generally thought to be much easier to just load the appendages with receivers which can be activated by
electrodes implanted onto the brain.
Alternatively, if stuffing monkey brains fit to burst with chips isn?t your thing, there?s always the
TentacleTM, a ?cost-effective robotic manipulator that
resembles tentacles found in nature but with much greater extensibility?.