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As a rule, bionic hands are clunky contraptions made of motors, pneumatics and other machinery that just can't be as elegant as the real thing. Germany's Saarland University might just change that, however. Its researchers have developed an artificial hand that uses smart nitinol (nickel titanium)...

March 24th 2015 at 11:59pm 0 Comments
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It's the circle of life; first a game hits Japan, then North America and then Europe. Heigh-ho, Europe, maybe you should let it go and be happy 3DS game Disney Magical World will be a part of your world on October 24. So, Euro-friends, can you feel the love tonight? Moving on... Disney Magical Wo...

July 30th 2014 at 8:00am 0 Comments
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If you think Disney costumes would improve Animal Crossing: New Leaf, or any game for that matter, then Magical World may be for you. The upcoming 3DS game isn't just about playing dress-up, though; it also has mini-games like fishing, planting crops, ballroom dancing, managing a cafe, and a ghost...

February 12th 2014 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Some have called Willow Garage's health into question lately, but the company may have a minor hit on its hands -- if through an unexpected channel. The firm has seen a strong enough response to its Velo robot gripper that it's mulling an early sale of the device this fall, at an educational price...

June 11th 2013 at 4:25pm 0 Comments
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Those wearing bionic hands and similar prostheses often suffer a frustrating disconnect when they can touch an object but can't feel it, even if they're using direct neural control. The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and allies in Project TIME have developed a hand t...

February 19th 2013 at 6:27am 0 Comments
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We've seen Microsoft's Kinect used in countless ways, but 3Gear Systems means to better these predecessors with the beta release of its SDK, which turns all the subtleties of hand movement into actions. In addition to using two Kinect cameras for accuracy, the software compares hand poses against...

October 4th 2012 at 12:36am 0 Comments
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Should you ever find yourself needing to discuss the state of the robotic hand in the early 21st century, Harvard professor Robert Howe seems about as good a place to start as any. The professor founded the school's BioRobotics Laboratory in 1990 and has devoted a good deal of his time to the ques...

August 4th 2012 at 11:02am 0 Comments