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MetaLimbs

SASAKI Tomoya / MHD Yamen SARAIJI

Gadget [Japan / Syria]

MetaLimbs adds “new arms” that can be freely manipulated by strapping on 2 robotic arms. The robotic arms are worn on the shoulders, and sensors placed on the top of the feet and the knees of both right and left legs track the movements of the legs to move the arms. Moving the toes moves the robot hands, which are equipped with tactile sensors, and the sensations of the robotic hands are fed back to the legs. These robotic arms can provide functions that surpass human physi- cal abilities by replacing the end of the robotic arms with tools such as a soldering iron. As trends in tech- nology transition from prosthetic to human enhancement technology, the question is raised as to how technol- ogy will change human physical sen- sation.

Profile

SASAKI Tomoya

Japan

Born in 1994. Completed Keio University Graduate School of Media Design in 2017. Studies expansion of the capabilities of the hu- man body and attainment of new physical sensations using robotics and virtual reality.

( 2018 )

MHD Yamen SARAIJI

Syria

Born in Syria, 1988. Project Senior Assistant Pro- fessor, Keio University Graduate School of Media Design. Graduated from Damascus University, Syria in 2010. Received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees in Media Design from Keio University in 2015 and 2018, respectively. Researches the roles of technology and robotics in shaping new human abilities and the use of machines as an extension of the human body. Has demonstrated designs and won awards at numerous international confer- ences such as SIGGRAPH, Augmented Human, and ICAT.

( 2018 )

Award Reason

We have a strong image of tools sur- passing human abilities to optimize and manipulate functions, or comple- ment functions and passively operate. However, MetaLimbs has achieved universal function that can be actively operated through the unique idea of linking robotic arms with legs. If we imagine that once manipulation using the legs is learned MetaLimbs will feel like a part of the body, then the pos- sibilities for obtaining new physical functions greatly increase. I anticipate further development and commercial- ization. (ENDO Masanobu)

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