Monday, May 09, 2005

Flexibot - Disembodied Robot Arm

An incredibly original design, the Flexibot robot is an autonomous robot arm that can move through a house by connecting end over end to ports mounted on the walls and surfaces. With shades of the Adams' Family member Hand, the robot would move through the house assisting the disabled with such tasks as shaving, brushing their teeth, cooking, and cleaning up. The arm is controlled by users by blowing down a straw or pressing a button.

The arms designer, Professor Mike Topping of Rehab Robotics Limited and Staffordshire University in the UK, has high hopes for the arms and is looking for applications in industry, science, retail or wherever anyone could use a hand.