Channel Your Inner Cthulhu With Robotic Tentacle Arm

Channel Your Inner Cthulhu With Robotic Tentacle Arm

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A design student has created the geekiest prosthetic ever in form of a robot tentacle arm.

Kaylene Kau was a student in the University Of Washington's Industrial Design Department tasked with the creation of an upper-limb prosthetic. The professor instructed students to push established boundaries, and boy, did Kau listen: her finished project was an amazing tentacle-like robotic arm.

In describing her work, Kau says she realized, "the prosthetic needed to be both flexible and adjustable in order to accommodate a variety of different grips." The tip of the tentacle curls around objects to grip them, and Kau's portfolio provides images of the arm gripping differently shaped and sized objects, such as newspapers, keys, and bottles.

The arm is powered by a motor, and has cables running through the top and bottom of the arm. To curl the arm, the motor winds the lower cable, allowing the upper cable to release and powering the curl of the tentacle. Reversing this process returns the arm to its relaxed, pointy state.

The loss of a limb is a terrible thing, but for me, a robotic tentacle arm might soften the blow a tiny bit.

Source: Coroflot, via Geek

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In before we'll be hearing about the first ever real life tentacle rape case before to long. Its only a matter of time.

By the look of it, it's basically just a big finger.

bleachigo10:
In before we'll be hearing about the first ever real life tentacle rape case before to long. Its only a matter of time.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that imediatly thought of naughty things when I read that title.

moretimethansense:

bleachigo10:
In before we'll be hearing about the first ever real life tentacle rape case before to long. Its only a matter of time.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that imediatly thought of naughty things when I read that title.

Same. The human mind can be disgusting at times.

I feel left out that I didn't think of tentacle rape...I'm too normal for the internet :P

Seriously though, this is made of win. Who wants some real like arm when they get to have a fucking tentacle? I'd get this if I ever lost a limb, it seems handy, and you can probably do well in a fight with it for sure, and maybe even get a longer version for hard to reach things (and lifting up certain things that flutter in the wind for a free look...) <-feels at home on the internet just a little more

drbarno:

moretimethansense:

bleachigo10:
In before we'll be hearing about the first ever real life tentacle rape case before to long. Its only a matter of time.

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that imediatly thought of naughty things when I read that title.

Same. The human mind can be disgusting at times.

Same here. Whatever we do, we must keep this away from Japan.

Whatever you do, don't dye it purple. (And stay well away from unusual green puddles.)

-- Steve

CheckD3:
I feel left out that I didn't think of tentacle rape...I'm too normal for the internet :P

You are not alone...I wonder how much one of those would cost. I'm just wondering if I should take a saw to my right arm now or after having saved up for a while.

-Zen-:

drbarno:

moretimethansense:

I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that imediatly thought of naughty things when I read that title.

Same. The human mind can be disgusting at times.

Same here. Whatever we do, we must keep this away from Japan.

Sadly, I thought that before I even clicked on the link. The horrors the Japanese would think up with similar technology.

OT: It actually kinda cool. Thought I'm not sure how your layman would react to seeing someone walk in with a tentacle for an arm.

Yet further proof that prosthetics will soon be superior in every way to the limbs they replace. Of course, in that case it'd be more "upgrading" than just "replacing"...

bleachigo10:
In before we'll be hearing about the first ever real life tentacle rape case before to long. Its only a matter of time.

Actually, I was about to say Japanese porn directors must be calling her a lot about if they can get their hands on several hundred of these. A non-CG live action tentacle rape porno would probably be a gold mine, specially for the first to make it.

Lock this in a safe cabinet far, far away from Japan...

AWESOME.

When I saw the picture, followed by "Kaylene Kau was a student in the University" my first thought was that she was chucked out for this. :)

This is a great start. Next year: Multiple tentacles from one arm, controlled by the brain. (If you imagine them as moving fingers... it could happen, right?)

 

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