A unique and smart phone accessories has been created by Marc Teyssier and a team stretching across two universities in France the form of the MobiLimb. A robotic finger the plugs directly into your smartphone constructed using a little Arduino and a servo-actuated robotic manipulator with five degrees of freedom.
MobiLimb is a robotic manipulator with a kinematics structure of five revolute joints in serial. It is composed of four main parts consisting of the actuators, the sensors, the embedded electronics, and the controller. Watch the demonstration video below to learn more about the MobiLimb smartphone robotic finger.
“MobiLimb is a new shape-changing component with a compact form factor that can be deployed on mobile devices. It is a small 5 DoF serial robotic manipulator that can be easily added to (or removed from) existing mobile devices (smartphone, tablet). In the spirit of human augmentation, which aims at overcoming human body limitations by using robotic devices, our approach aims at overcoming mobile device limitations (static, passive, motionless) by using a robotic limb. This approach preserves the form factor of mobile devices and the efficiency of their I/O capabilities while introducing new ones:
– The users can manipulate and deform the robotic device (input)
– They can see and feel it (visual and haptic feedback), including when its shape is dynamically modified by the mobile device.
– As a robotic manipulator, it can support additional modular elements (LED, shells, proximity sensors).”