MK2 arms perfect for gun-toting military robots

Quick draw: The MK2 system gives remote operators increased dexterity.

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It has rolling treads, three fingers, and opposable thumbs. The MK2 robot arm and torso system looks like a cybernetic cowboy in the making.

Ohio-based HDT Global says its MK2 system can be deployed on any robotic mobile platform, such as Qinetiq’s Talon bomb-disposal robot, pictured above.

With two fingers and a thumb, its dextrous hands (as seen in this vid) can use a variety of tools. Or users can swap them out for end effectors such as scoops for digging.

The remote-operated system can be configured to have up to 27 degrees of freedom, or axes of movement, with two arms. It could be used to lift a 110-pound 155-mm projectile, extract a detonator, or unzip a suspicious backpack that someone has left behind.

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