The Terminator’s Arm comes to life!

The release of the epic blockbuster ‘The Terminator’ in 1984 was the beginning of an era of cyborg and machines upon the 21st century.  The movies not only generated international fanatics all around the world, but also induced already existing engineers to attempt and recreate a complete functional cyborg.  It took years and years of research to successfully develop robotic limbs and organs, especially in the biomedical industry.  But now, the fully functional replica of the character portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the thriller has not only been invented but has already sold out on Ebay!

Yes, ladies and gentleman, the frightening arm of the assassinating machine was made available in 2008 for $3600, with $1200 being the starting bid.

Nephalim XFX has created the replica of the T800 metallic skeleton structure as seen in the Terminator 2.  And no, it’s not a prop. It’s a fully automated hand designed to behave just like a fully articulated human hand.  The incredible man responsible for this frightfully iconic achievement is Robert Haiduga, and his creation works by allowing movements to be stored on an SD card and programmed on a PC to create movements for the hand. There are 12 different servos that give it the full movement expected of a human hand, wrist, and forearm. A servo, by the way, is short for servomechanism, which is an automated device that uses error sensing negative feedback to correct performance.  An example of a combination that forms servomechanism is a servomotor and a rotary encoder.

The machine’s architecture mimics the exoskeleton of a human arm, and is constructed fully of metal. To give out an even more awesome vibe, the arm actually delivers sound effects. Now the real question however, is whether or not,  after watching the terminator films, you have enough courage in your heart, and enough money in that empty student wallet, to purchase such a creation?

I wouldn’t want to wake up to find this machine trying to kill me in the middle of the night. But hey, it’s your pick!

Zainab Arshed

"Zeal without knowledge is fire without light." - Thomas Fuller, 17th century historian

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