RAPUD robot arm empowers the disabled with metallic muscles

Before we get our wish of fully automated humanoid robots, we're much more likely to see the first wave of mainstream robots come in the form of assistive devices like the RAPUD (Robotic Arm for Persons with Upper-limb Disabilities).

Developed by Japanese robotics firm AIST, the robotic arm allows wheelchair-bound consumers to live a more empowered life in terms of accessing hard to reach objects. No word on when this will be ready for the commercial market, but in the meantime you can see video of the RAPUD in action here.

Via Impress Watch