Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRL) : Extra Arms to Enhance Human Capability in Doing Difficult/Multi Tasks

Remember Dr. Octopus from Spiderman? Well, having extra limbs seem like tempting idea, they could help us hold objects, support our body, share workload, etc. Federico Parietti and Harry Asada, two experts from MIT, has done extensive researches to make these robotic arms come true, the project is called Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRL). Can you imagine that we can have a third arm or a third leg attached to our body? The movements of these robotic limbs can be perfectly coordinated with our body, we might perceive the extra limbs as an extension of our body.

The main goal of this project is to allow SRL represents as one type of co-robot that has intimate and unique relationship with the human. It has to become a fully functional extension to human body, it’s more than just prosthetic arms and legs. SRL must respond to human movements and coordinate its actions, it has to be able to communicate with the user in a natural and intuitive manner, since they are extra arms/legs, they not just complement but must enhance human capability in doing their tasks.

Designers : Federico Parietti and Harry Asada

Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRL) by Federico Parietti and Harry Asada

These wearable robotic arms can be worn just like a backpack with padded straps and hip belt. The mechatronic structure is connected to the harness with a compliant element. This structure consists of a backpack unit and 2 robotic arms, placed behind the lower back to user. It’s compact and lightweight to meet the demanding torque requirements for manufacturing.

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2 thoughts on “Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRL) : Extra Arms to Enhance Human Capability in Doing Difficult/Multi Tasks

  1. Uses for:
    fire fighting
    Airport Crash Units
    Prison Security
    Biowar Lab (handle toxins).
    Chem plant
    Lumber Industry
    Diving Salvage
    Move objects ( boost strength X1000).
    Explosives removal
    lay mines?
    picking crops?? do so X 100 speed of human pickers./
    Change tires on cars?
    carry wine & whiskey barrels.

    so much more

    Mass produce.,

    Test in VA & Industry alone.

  2. SWEET!! I can FINALLY be like Goro from Mortal Kombat!! I've been waiting forever for this to become a reality!!

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