Cybernetic Arm Goes Crazy On Canadian TV Show

“See, it’s very simple. All you have to do is to save the functions you want into the database. Oh, I err… left it on the wrong setting.”Furious masturbation mode activated.  This what happens when you start a computer in public and the most frequently used setting- porn- keeps playing from where it left off.  “Oh my! I have NO idea how that mode got programmed on there!!!”

But wait… there is more.

Cybernetic arm goes crazy on canadian TV show - Imgur2

It looks like it knows where it wants to go – so you might want to clear your history there buddy because it looks like it’s working just fine. No doubt this item will be an instant sell-out. Though it might be advisable to practice on a hotdog first.

But wait..  plot twist! This is not actually a robotic arm. This clip is from a French comedy show, Studio Bagel.

Though the lie was funnier of course there have recently been huge advances in robotics which are designed to help people with disabilities to move like an able-bodied person.

A father who lost his arm in an accident six years ago has been given a new lease of life by a hi-tech bionic hand which is so precise he can type again.

Nigel Ackland, 53, has been fitted with the Terminator-like carbon fibre mechanical hand which he can control with movements in his upper arm. The new bebionic3 myoelectric hand, which is also made from aluminium and alloy knuckles, moves like a real human limb by responding to Nigel’s muscle twitches. Incredibly, the robotic arm is so sensitive it means the father-of-one can touch type on a computer keyboard, peel vegetables, and even dress himself for the first time in six years.

Another example is the work of Cyberdyne Corporation in Japan has created an upgrade to  the existing physical capabilities of the human body.

HAL, which weighs 23kg, is comprised of robotic ‘limbs’, and a backpack containing the suit’s battery and computer system. It is strapped to the body and controlled by thought. When a person attempts to move, nerve signals are sent from the brain to the muscles, and very weak traces of these signals can be detected on the surface of the skin. The HAL suit identifies these signals using a sensor attached the skin of the wearer, and a signal is sent to the suit’s power unit telling the suit to move in unison with the wearer’s own limbs.

People with physical disabilities, such as stroke-induced paralysis or spinal cord injuries, can hire the suit at a cost of Y220,000 (£1,370) per month, and Cyberdyne Corporation believes the technology can have a variety of applications, including in physical training and rehabilitation, adding extra “muscle” to heavy labour jobs, and even in rescue and recovery operations.

HAL can help the wearer to carry out a variety of every day tasks, including standing up from a chair, walking, climbing up and down stairs, and lifting heavy objects. The suit can operate for almost five hours before it needs recharging, and Cyberdyne Corporation says that it does not feel heavy to wear, because the robotic exoskeleton supports its own weight.

Researchers at the corporation said HAL had been designed for use both indoors and outdoors. Professor Yoshiyuki Sankai, the company’s founder and chief executive, originally created the suit for climbing mountains.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/5966367/Japanese-robot-suit-to-help-disabled.html

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