A producer of industrial control systems Festos, with the help of in-house technology successfully created a robotic arm ‘Airic’s_arm’ which is based on the combination of mechatronics and the biological model of a human being. The Airic’s_arm is a powered robotic arm fixed with artificial bones and muscles. The bone structure incorporates human bones such as ulna and radius, metacarpal bone and finger bone, shoulder joint and shoulder blade – joints that do not occur as such in the technical world – is moved via 30 muscles. The muscles used are Fluidic Muscle, which are already a part of Festo products.
Airic’s_arm sensors can be enhanced in the future by adding adding cameras or tactile perception elements, as the possibility of a further development in the form of back, hip and neck. This type will also be useful in robotics, as they could be used to assign even more hazardous tasks to technology. Hence Airic’s_arm has opened up new possibilities for future automated movement processes.