Continuous and bendable structures as well as continuum robots often appear in fiction. Science fiction books and movies are often a reflection of humankinds fears and desires for technological progress. Through the creation of future realities, science fiction sparks our imagination with out-of-this-world experiences. At the same time, it helps us to reflect on the effects of current and developing technologies.
In a series of blog posts, we will highlight occurences of continuum robots and leave the interpretation to the reader’s imagination and reflection.
|The B-9 Environmental Control Robot is a Class M-3 General Utility Non-Theorizing Environmental Robot (G.U.N.T.E.R.) appearing in the television show Lost in Space (1965 to 1968). B-9’s features continuum arms.|
|Doctor Octopus is a fictional character appearing in the Marvel comics and motion pictures.He first appeared The Amazing Spicer-Man (1963) comic book. Doctor Octopus has four appendages resembling the tentacles of an octopus, which extend from the back of his body and are used for various purposes. Copyright: Spider-Man, Marvel Comics/Sony Pictures|
|Sentinel robots from the motion picture Matrix (1999). A sentinel has multiple clawed tentacles, like a squid, with sensors and moves by walking but also through air in the motion picture.|
|Spider robots with continuum legs in the motion picture Minority Report (2002) are used by the police to search and inspect.|