A motorcycle-compatible bionic arm that lets the disabled ride motorbikes

Combining Honda’s expertise in robotics and in motorbikes, Tom Hylton envisions a solution that helps disabled ride bikes, perhaps even in a professional capacity.

The Honda Prosthetic Arm exists in the capacity of a concept, and allows people without an arm to operate a Honda motorcycle. The arm attached at the shoulder and plugs right into the handlebar, giving you a great grip over the bike. The robotic arm is also built to send commands to the bike, allowing you to accelerate, decelerate, or even brake without the need of a palm or a hand.

“The bike and the prosthetic communicate with each other and the rider to calculate appropriate lean angles and aid body positioning, it will also eject with the rider in the event of an accident. It Is modular to suit trans-humeral and trans-radial amputees and I’m currently designing a leg to go with.” says designer Tom Hylton.

Designer: Tom Hylton

Festo’s New Soft Robotic Arm Is Powered By Air, Bends Like a Worm

Check out this amazing new bendy robot arm developed by robotics manufacturer Festo. Somewhere, the Six Million Dollar Man is eyeing his new toy. The BionicSoftArm has pneumatically powered ‘muscles’ and is more flexible and lighter than other robotic arms.

It can be used for a number of applications, thanks to its modular design. With various adaptive grippers, it can pick up and handle a wide variety of objects and shapes. Also, there is zero danger to the user even in the event of a collision. It boasts 7 degrees of freedom, and basically looks like a giant worm. The arm has come a long way from its previous designs as seen in the video.

Watch as this hand-worm grips apples with ease and hands it to a human. Well, drops it in their hand anyway. Watch as it sucks up a bunch of metal marbles and transfers them across the table. But what they didn’t show was it shaking the hand of a human. Probably because in their tests several humans walked away with one less hand. Or should I say ran away screaming as blood gushed everywhere. That’s why you don’t make robots white. They’re hard to clean.

[via Boing Boing via Geekologie]

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Evolution of the iMac

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Predicting a shift to ARM processors, designer Lorenzo Mariotti imagines a new breed of iMac that’s faster, quieter, slimmer and more efficient than its predecessors. Aside from an all-new processor architecture based on 32-bit reduced instruction, the new look features thin display bezels, the introduction of FaceID, an ultrathin chassis, and AirPower integrated into the base. The AirPower integration is an interesting addition that would allow users to charge new Magic Mice, Trackpads and Keyboards as well as iPhones and AirPods wirelessly. Other features include a backup battery, ultrafast SSD storage, and six Thunderbolt 3 ports.

Designer: Lorenzo Mariotti

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