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Thank you science for making the world a little bit more like a comic book, yet again. We know you’ll all recognize this nifty piece of tech from the pages of Spiderman. The developers of the Bionic Handling Assistant say the device is designed after the trunk of an elephant, but elephant’s don’t have three-pronged hands. Festo’s arm is capable of very delicately gripping object and pneumatic actuators give it a previously unseen (in real life) level of flexibility. Some possible applications for the BHA would include: factory assembly, handling of deadly materials, assisting paraplegics and attaching four of these to your spine and becoming an octopus themed villain. Makes us wonder if Obama really is building an Iron-Man suit. For more info check out festo.com.

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