These freaky looking drones could actually help keep people out of harm's way.
This just might be the first line of designer accessories aimed at pleasing our robot overlords.
Raytheon-Sarcos has already made a name for itself 'round these parts with its promising XOS 2 exoskeleton, and now the company is showing off another prototype: one with big ol' robotic arms that'll do what yours do à la Robot Jox, and could very well replace the likes of the forklift.
Kaylene Kau's prosthetic arm isn't your typical robot-arm. It doesn't even have fingers — it's flexible tentacle design would make for an excellent replacement hand for wielding a lightsaber.
A robot hand doesn't come equipped with the same luxuries of our own — at least, not yet. Our fingers feature a soft, conforming layer of skin that allows us to pick up objects of all different shapes, whereas a robotic gripper runs the danger of simply crushing the thing. So, why not take the fingers out of the equation?
So, imagine that you're using a robotic arm for the first time. It's intimidating, yet at the press of a button it suddenly moves over and grabs the desired object flawlessly. That's good, right? Apparently not, as participants trying out the arm preferred its manual mode.