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Video: Wear Your Own Pair of Robot Arms

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Ann R. Thryft
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Ann R. Thryft   7/23/2014 12:19:48 PM
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My husband--who I met after leaving that ex-boyfriend--loves science fiction as much as I do, and enjoyed comic books as much as I did. We have great fun watching sci-fi movies and then discussing them, both from the movie-making end--more his thing--and from the content/messages end--more my thing. I think comic books and science fiction have had a huge effect on our technology development, more so than we may realize.

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mrdon   7/23/2014 12:01:13 PM
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Ann

Good observation regarding comic books and novel graphics with connections to technology development and inspiration. The comments you made seems to fit the inspiration makeup behind the MIT's robot arms. Nice comeback with ex as well.Lol

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Ann R. Thryft   7/23/2014 11:43:07 AM
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Thanks for the history of Doc Ock, mrdon. That description makes it sound even more likely to me that it may have been an inspiration for the MIT invention. In our society, popular literature includes comic books and the fancier versions now called graphic novels, as well as books, movies and TV. I remember an ex-boyfriend once saying about a movie we'd just watched, "It sucks--it's just like a comic book," to which I replied "I liked it, and I like comic books!" Notice I said "ex."

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mrdon   7/22/2014 9:59:21 PM
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Ann,

Doc Ock (Octavius) is a well renown Nuclear Physcists in the Spider Man comics who had an accident working on experiment wearing his robotics arm. The arms fused with his spinal cord permanently being attached to his body. During the experimental accident, his wife died during the explosion. He snapped and then became the villian Doc Ock. Short version of Doc Ock's history. I believe I have the facts, somewhat correct.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/22/2014 1:00:48 PM
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Liz, I don't even want to fall off a surfboard into the water although it would be a lot softer at that short distance. With the big exception of riding horses, I'd rather have my feet on the ground most of the time.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/22/2014 12:57:10 PM
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Good observation, mrdon. Not being familiar with that character I checked out a picture, and it sure looks like a possibility.

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Elizabeth M   7/22/2014 6:08:38 AM
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Ah, yes, I do know about surface tension and the height thing with water. I just know that generally when falling off a surfboard, I'm not falling from such a great height (because the waves I ride aren't so very big like those giant ones you see all those daredevil surfers riding!), so it is slightly better than if I fall off, say, a skateboard directly onto concrete. But I would not want to fall from a great height onto water--which is one reason I'm not so into cliff jumping or things like that into water (only from a small height).

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mrdon   7/21/2014 12:30:09 PM
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Ann,

Your absolutely correct. As the technology becomes refi ned, these robotic arms will definitely become industry standard tools for skill trade personal and technicians working in a variety of Advanced Manufacturing industries. Just a side note: I wonder if the creators of these robotic arms were inspired by Spider Man's "Doc Ock" villian.

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Ann R. Thryft   7/21/2014 12:18:58 PM
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Liz, true about water sports being more forgiving. I'm not particularly fond of them and preferred track and field in school. But I do remember how effortless it feels moving through water instead of air once I knew how to swim. BTW, due to surface tension if you fall on water from a sufficient height, like off a tall building or out of a plane, it does act more like concrete.



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Ann R. Thryft   7/21/2014 12:14:50 PM
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Thanks, mrdon. And I agree, these may look really funny--both weird and humorous--but I can definitely see the advantage, once the tech is perfected, for workers assembling or maintaining large, heavy and awkward objects like aircraft sections.



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