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An Hour of Training to Control Third Robotic Arm

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Artist's conception of working with supernumerary arms.

Queen Mary University of London's Ekaterina Ivanova said the study's findings "suggest that these arms could be used to help people with a variety of tasks, such as surgery, industrial work, or rehabilitation.”

Credit: Queen Mary University of London (U.K.)

Researchers at the U.K.'s Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College London and Australia's University of Melbourne found that one hour of training is sufficient to make working with supernumerary robotic arms as effective as working with a partner.

Supernumerary robotic arms are designed to help people perform tasks that require more than two hands.

The researchers studied participants as they completed different tasks with a supernumerary robotic arm, with the participants either receiving an hour of training or working with a partner.

They observed similar levels of performance in both groups, indicating that supernumerary robotic arms can be an effective alternative to working with a partner and do not require a substantial amount of time to learn to use.

From Queen Mary University of London (U.K.)
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