MRISAR's "The Last Mimzy" Robot Arms Exhibit
Two Teleprescence 39" long robotic arms with a 180 degree shoulder, horizontal range of motion designed and built by MRISAR Institute of Science, Art & Robotics LLC for inclusion in the movie “The Last Mimzy”, a 2007 sci-fi family movie by Newline Cinema, Avery Pix, and Hanna Rachael Productions. The robot arms and controls were custom created in record time under a deadline of 2.5 weeks in order to meet the films intense production schedules. The robotic arms appeared in several scenes depicted as helping the scientist from the future build the teaching toys in his lab in the future. They were a vital part of the movie storyline. The robotics were operated via telepresence controls from a remote location during the filming from 50ft off set by movie staff while the actor worked between the arms on set in his lab of the future.
In this exhibition we have placed each arm in its own case and the telepresence controls for both arms in one separate unit. Arm cases are 40” deep x 70” long x 72” high. Telepresence unit is 2’.5” wide x 3’.5” deep x 3’.10“ high.
The exhibit is designed to be visually stunning, educational and usable by virtually any age of museum visitor. Each side of the upper frames of the exhibits are windows made of clear unbreakable poly-carbonate to make it visible from all sides which is ideal for mid floor locations.
Each 3 finger robot arm has 5 degrees of freedom, pressure sensitive and end of travel limits, and can adapt to any arrangement of objects stacked in its path. It is made of light weight 6061 Aluminum. This arm is totally open framed for educational viewing which relates to STEM and based closely on the proportions of an actual human arm. It is especially designed with safety features and force limits.
Each arm is protected by limit controls and spring loaded for shock. The limit controls use simple logic to avoid over travel, as opposed to expensive and hard to repair computer guided systems. The wrist, shoulder and elbow ranges of motion are operated by two joystick assemblies.
The exhibit is configured as a demonstration arm to illustrate remote handling applications for robotics. Remote handling robots are used by industry, aerospace and commercial establishments to extend human capabilities in hazardous situations.