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DARPA Robot Makes Balloon Animals, Pretends It’s Working with Human Bones

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Written by Conner Flynn | February 9, 2015

DARPA has funded the development of all kinds of crazy killer robots and some of them are pretty impressive, but as far as doing delicate tasks, we are still at the point where they work best if a human is controlling them. RE2 Robotics thinks this is the best approach too, so they made some robot arms that can make balloon animals.

The Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) is only half the weight of most robotic torsos, but it doubles the strength of its human operator, making it perfect for military and rescue work. The robot can go into a dangerous situation and do things like disarm a bomb, dig out a survivor and even make balloon animals at kids’ parties. When it tires of that, it can twist us all up like pretzels.

Joking aside, it is truly amazing how this robot can handle such delicate tasks.

[IEEE Spectrum via Gizmodo]