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Have you ever wondered if five fingers is really enough? The folks at MIT have. Researchers in the institute's department of mechanical engineering have created a robotic glove that adds two additional digits to the standard human claw, positioning two long fingers on either side of the hand. It's...

July 21st 2014 at 3:14am 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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This three-fingered manipulator has just about everything you could ever want in a robotic hand. It's relatively low-cost, it's powerful, it's capable of picking up objects both large and small, and it's robust. In fact, we've already seen the thing used as a tee for an aluminum bat. The hand, whi...

May 1st 2013 at 3:57pm 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
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Most robotic hands are built with a series of individual motors in each joint, making them heavy, expensive and prone to gripping everything with the subtlety of a vice. Japan's ITK thinks it's solved those problems with Handroid -- designed with cords that mimic the muscles in our meat-paws. N...

August 24th 2011 at 9:01pm 0 Comments
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If you're using a standard mouse or a trackpad, there's a good chance you've got a finger or two going to waste, and really, what's the point of having all of those digits if you're not going to put them to work? Japan's Double Research & Development Co. is showing off the Amenbo, a new input...

June 23rd 2011 at 12:23pm 0 Comments
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Robot hands have been grabbing, crushing, drawing and otherwise actuating for years, but have you ever seen one properly type? That's the primary purpose of a new Virginia Tech design. Engineers built this Dexterous Anthropomorphic Robotic Typing (DART) hand to mimic the real deal as best they coul...

February 20th 2011 at 10:31pm 0 Comments
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Sadists at the German Aerospace Center's (DLR) Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics are showing off their latest development in anthropomorphic appendages: a robotic hand that can take a beating from a baseball bat and still give you the middle finger (or a thumbs-up, we suppose). Researchers app...

January 25th 2011 at 7:58pm 0 Comments