Flexibot Lends a Helping Hand

Posted 12 Mar 2004 at 16:08 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

Flexibot is a disembodied robotic arm that clambers around the home helping the disabled to accomplish chores that some may take for granted. Mike Topping, of Staffordshire University's Centre for Rehabilitation Robotics, designed the Flexibot to enable users to brush their teeth, feed themselves and even put on makeup. Flexibot is an arm that can attach itself to a wheelchair or to docking power ports around a house and moves by flipping end over end like a slinky. No sensors are used for movement, it just records where it has been and so it knows where it can go next. Users control the arm by blowing down a straw or pressing a button. For the disabled and perhaps even for some industries, Flexibot could be a very handy device!

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