The smart, mechanical arm is made by a Japanese robotics startup, Gitai, which specializes in space robotics. The company says that the S1 has eight degrees of freedom, which is one more than a human arm. Take that, meatbags.
Gitai also lists the reach and power of the S1 at 1 meter (3.3 feet) and 100 Nm at 23.8 revolutions per minute. I don’t know how the force compares to that of a human, but if I’m reading NASA’s human instruction manual right, which lists a max torque of 17.4 Nm for humans, then, yeah, the S1 can open a lot more pickle jars.
Not that it’s a surprise, but it’s still cool. Especially considering that Gitai says the S1 is meant for lunar base development, among other space-y things. And it’s nice to see actual useful missions, unlike the joy rides billionaires have lately been enjoying aboard their rockets. Jalopnik
Comment: The embedded video is well worth watching. pl
Damn but I wish I could make my hands rotate like that. Little odd jobs around the house would be a breeze.
Long way from the old Candid arm from the 80’s.
Video of the old school space shuttle arm.
Two things: tasked designed for robots; and robots designed for the tasks. One is pretty clunky as the video demonstrates; innovation will further develop the latter.
As I am now in awe of the technological advancements for my own present cataract surgery, which asked technology to develop to the required task, since they could not redesign human eyeball parts to the needs of the laser robot.
Was I the only one that wanted to see a mouse escape its MHU prison then watch the S1 go berserk trying to catch the terrified little bastard? I did take note of the yellow box way over to the left with the big red button. If I were the mouse, I would head directly to that big S1 kill switch. It doesn’t seem connected to anything, though. Maybe it’s a clever trap!
Interesting web site, too… unless you’re a mouse. https://gitai.tech/en/