Robotic Arm Developed By Columbia University, Can Be Controlled By Facial Muscles

A group of students at Columbia University are developing robotic arm that is controlled by an individuals facial expressions. It’s been named Assistive Robotic Manipulator (ARM), and it’s development started with a particular objective in mind- to help the disabled.


The developers tried to keep the costs at a reasonable level, and the final price was $3,200. They built the ARM using laser cut wood, and works through identifying EMG waves, which depend on muscle movements. If you lift your eyebrows, the device will open it’s grip, if you move your lips to the left or to the right, the ARM’s claw will twist, and if you clench your teeth, the device will shut down. The Columbia University students are working on combining other motions and muscle movements, and the other motions are currently controlled by a PlayStation 2 controller.


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