Robots-manipulators, producing cars on Assembly conveyors or perform other work at industrial enterprises, have a very limited range, weighing in several tons.
However, in light of a new robotic arm called Giacometti Arm whose length is in the expanded state is 20 meters and which is unable to cause any harm, even falling on the head of a person who does not secure a construction helmet.
the manipulator Arm is Giacometti development researchers from Tokyo Institute of technology (Tokyo Institute of Technology). Its secret lies in the fact that his entire structure is a chain of helium-filled air bottles. The weight of the paddle itself just over one kilogram, and together with all associated equipment he can fit in the trunk of a small car.
to minimize the weight of the robot researchers abandoned the use of pneumatic or hydraulic actuators, which are bulky and heavy by themselves and require laying hoses, which compressed air or hydraulic fluid. Instead of all this in the design of robot Arm used artificial light Giacometti muscles, which are able to move each of the segments of the manipulator.
the small weight of the paddle and a small force, developed artificial muscles provide a limitation of its capabilities. Trying to hook up to the end of the paddle anything heavier than a small camera, will cause the paddle will not be able to break away from the surface.
looking at all this, immediately thought of the futility of creation full of Japanese researchers. However, according to the creators of the manipulator Arm Giacometti, he, the manipulator can be successfully used in some scenarios on liquidation of consequences of natural disasters and man-made disasters. It is easy, you can quickly and seamlessly deliver to destination. And you can use it to search for survivors, for an inspection of the viscera emergency premises, without risking the life of a human operator.