There are nearly two million people who are missing one or more limbs in the United States alone. Around the world, a number of research groups are working to advance robotic prostheses to restore a sense of normality to the lives of amputees.
Michael Goldfarb, a Vanderbilt University mechanical engineering professor, is at the cutting edge of these advancements. His lab is making robotic limbs more human.
This short film from GE’s Focus Forward profiles the work of Miguel Nicolelis, a Duke University neurobiology professor and director of the Walk Again Project. The project is an international consortium of researchers who are developing technology at the cutting edge of robotics in hopes of one day rendering wheelchairs obsolete.
Meet ATLAS, one of the most advanced humanoid robots ever built. The 6-foot-2-inch, 330-pound machine, developed by Boston Dynamics, is the testbed for seven teams that are competing in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge.
The challenge’s goal is “to generate groundbreaking research and development so that future robotics can perform the most hazardous activities in future disaster response operations, in tandem with their human counterparts, in order to reduce casualties, avoid further destruction, and save lives,” according to the website.
Click through to see a video of ATLAS in action and another featuring the amazing skills of a Japanese robot, Horizontal Bar Gymnast Robot NO.16…