Vine Arm

Inspired by carnivorous plants, vertebrates and octopus tentacles, a botanical armour covers the upper surface of Kelly's arm.

It connects to an alien structure beneath the skin: 26 individual vertebrae allow the movements of The Vine to be subtle and organic as it curves and curls around objects.

Kelly's precise control of the vertebrae is enabled by the four geared motors within the design, which she controls with her feet -- more specifically her big toes. With four force sensors imbedded in her shoes, Kelly can individually flex the four independently controlled sections, or combine two at a time, to create dynamic 'S' curves that can hold objects while reacting in real-time to Kelly's movements.

The lack of video of it in action is a dramatic oversight.

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6 Responses:

  1. Rickenharp says:

    The National Museum of Scotland has a clip of it, unfortunately, it’s on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NationalMuseumsScotland/videos/686124528423916/

  2. jer says:

    Kelly's emotional responses seem to range from initial amused excitement through disappointment in its limitations to abject boredom. They tried to save it in post.

    • Michael says:

      She's controlling a robot/augment by wiggling her toes! I think she's just schooling her face to photoshoot-neutral. Otherwise she'd look like , which isn't the look they're going for.

  3. Lloyd says:

    tentacle porn just isn't what it used to be.

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