This wearable robot arm can hold fruit and punch through walls

Researchers are making progress in the effort to develop safe and practical supernumerary robotic limbs.

Université de Sherbrooke
  • Unlike exoskeletons or prostheses, supernumerary robotic limbs function independently of the human skeleton.
  • This new example of the technology attaches to the wearer's hips, and can lift 11 pounds.
  • The arm currently isn't autonomous. Before A.I. can control supernumerary limbs, researchers first have to figure out how to make the technology understand and execute what the wearer wants it to do.
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The first smart watch for blind people lets them receive texts and notifications

This is huge news for the 285 million visually impaired people around the world.

Photo: Dot Inc

For the 285 million visually impaired people around the world, the technological advancements of our day and the conveniences of everyday life enjoyed by the sighted are rarely experienced. From libraries without braille books, to street signs and smart devices, navigating life is an entirely different and much more difficult experience. Noticing this divide in university, where sighted students could instantly get information from smart devices, while a visually impaired classmate had to lug around heavy Braille books, Eric Kim was inspired to develop a cheap impairment-friendly smartwatch.

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