Can you guess the inspiration for the Bionic Handling Assistant?

What you see here is the Bionic Handling Assistant, a sort of robotic arm designed to improve the interaction between humans and robots. Clearly this thing was inspired by Doc Ock from Spider-Man, right? There can be no doubt! Look at those articulated arms. Look at those pincers. Look at the sheer menace these things give off!

Actually, the Bionic Handling Assistant was inspired by elephant trunks.

Pretty cool stuff. I’d love to see these in real-world use on a factory floor somewhere.

Via MedGadget.