The robotic octopus-like arms of the Marvel comic villain Doctor Octopus just became a reality, and it scared us to just watch it in action. What’s to guarantee it won’t grab you and crush you like a grape without a second thought? Ok, we admit that’s stretching it a bit, but it’s still a scary thing to behold. The Bionic Handling Assistant is ostensibly patterned after the elephant’s trunk, designed to be both agile and delicate.
The company that built it assures you that this is just the thing for all those delicate processes you’ve been meaning to automate but haven’t been able to in the past: everything from handling fruit to animal husbandry is a cinch with this “hierarchically arranged system of muscles and evolutionary optimized movement patterns”! Watch the video and tell us how it makes you feel.