Guy Doesn’t Like Selfie Sticks, Invents “Selfie Arms”

A man in Japan named Mansun was embarrassed by the idea of using a selfie stick, as well he should be, so he invented a pair of extra-long “selfie arms.” No, these aren’t embarrassing at all. Much better than selfie sticks. Yeah, that won’t draw any attention at all.

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The arms were actually created from modified selfie sticks, and if you want a pair of crazy long arms, he detailed his build process including an early rough sketch of the idea over at Omocoro.

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Both arms fit perfectly inside of a custom shirt. The moral here is that when selfie sticks make you feel weird, just go crazy and do something bizarre. When it comes to selfies this guy is armed and dangerous.

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[via Nerdcore via Laughing Squid]

This Drone with Arms Can Turn a Valve

Drones can shoot you down and kill you, so they can be pretty scary. Well, they are about to get scarier. Drones that have arms, like this one could be a whole new danger.

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This “armed” drone from Christopher Korpela, Matko Orsag, and Paul Oh, of Drexel University and the University of Zagreb is able to use its grippers to turn a valve. Sure that has a lot of practical uses that could help humanity. But THIS DRONE HAS ARMS. IT OPENS DOORS! If you hide, it will just open every door until it finds you. It won’t stick to just opening your bottles and jars.

What else could drones with arms do? Pick you up and carry you off for one thing. They could also wield weapons and come flying at you with sticks and knives. Please folks, dis-arm these drones.

[via IEEE Spectrum via Time]

The Chores Servant

We are the entitled generation – entitled to benefits whether we have worked for it or not! To conform to this cushy lifestyle a state of the art servant for cleaning chores at home is more of a necessity than a luxury. The TODY features four arms that follows voice commands and cleans floors as well as fabrics. Think curtains, bed sheets etc. Using its 4 arms, it can climb, move and hang to reach areas like seats, curtains, windows and more.

TODY is a part of the 2014 Electrolux Design Lab Competition.

Designer: Rana Alper

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MIT Creates Wearable Robot Arms: Paging Doctor Octopus

In the future, people may wear robotic exoskeletons to give them increased strength and protection. But more power isn’t always the answer. Sometimes you just need an extra hand or two. That’s why researchers at MIT’s d’Arbeloff Laboratory are working on a pair of robotic arms that can be mounted on your shoulders or around your waist. Sound familiar?

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The researchers call their inventions Supernumerary Robotic Limbs or SRLs. According to IEEE Spectrum, the shoulder-mounted arms move based on information from a pair of wrist-mounted sensors. By detecting and anticipating what your own arms are trying to do, the robotic arms will position themselves to help. For instance, the video below shows the arms move upwards to help the wearer prop up an object, because they assumed that the wearer is trying to hold something up.

Expounding on their vision, d’Arbeloff Laboratory’s Baldin Llorens-Bonilla told IEEE Spectrum, “Once we combine the most significant behavioral modes we are able to control the robot such that, from the wearer’s perspective, it behaves like an extension of his own body.” That sounds reaaaally familiar.

The waist-mounted arms on the other hand can also act as legs. They can hold objects, but they can also plant themselves on the ground to keep you steady.

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Head to d’Arbeloff Laboratory’s website and to IEEE Spectrum to learn more about the SRLs. And start irradiating spiders.

[via Slash Gear]

Varibike: Trains Your Arms as Much as Your Legs

Cycling has always been a good way to exercise, but the Varibike aims to make it even better, by working out a larger number of muscle groups simultaneously.

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The Varibike was designed as a work-out solution as well as a therapy solution. It coordinates and creates new synapses in the brain by using leg and arm propulsion. It has an intuitive inclination steering system, which will help build muscle. Thanks to selective pedaling, individual muscle groups are allowed to recover and regenerate during a ride.

In addition to the workout improvement, the makers of the Varibike say the increased input from both arms and legs can propel their bike up to 30% faster than conventional pedal-powered bikes.

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The Varibike FR2 costs €3,999 (~ $5,350 USD). The FR3 adds separate freewheels to each arm crank, which allows you to use them side-by-side, in a rowing motion. It costs €4,499 (~ $6,019 USD).

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[via Gizmag]

Your Monitor, Now With 100% More Tablet

Data: sometimes you can never get enough of it. But tripling up on your monitors is not the only way you can fit more of it in front of your face. After all, the stuff on those three monitors still comes from the same computer. But with this versatile VESA 100-MR067 LCD Display Tablet Stand, you can attach any 7-12 inch tablet on a triple-jointed swivelling arm and position it anywhere you want. The arm itself securely attaches to the mounts on the back of a VESA compliant display, which is pretty much any modern monitor these days. The contraption does weigh 4.4lbs, plus the weight of the tablet, so make sure that the base is wide enough to support the additional heft. Still, you should be fine and feasting on Tweets, stock quotes… weather reports… or whatever it is that’s on a tablet that’s so darn crucial that you need to attach it to your monitor.

It’s 6,480 Yen, or about $82.

Hit the jump for a bunch of pictures and the links.

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