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ICYMI: A prosthetic hand with two senses

The better to grab objects with, my dear
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Today on In Case You Missed It: We get our first close-up look at Saturn's rings thanks to the Cassini spacecraft -- which just completed the first of its twenty-two passes through the planets' famed hoops. NASA stitched together the images from the craft to give us Earthlings an incredible first-person (first-spacecraft?) point-of-view of the recent dive, which began at the north pole of the planet and moved down its side. The imaging team working on Cassini's trips expects to get even better data from the subsequent trips, which will gather information on Saturn's gravity and magnetic fields.

Meanwhile, a biomedical engineering team at Newcastle University in the UK is using computer vision in a robotic hand to make an "Intuitive" hand prosthetic. The team used a camera, AI and neural networking to enable the hand to recognize objects in front of it, and then change its grasp in response. The hand has four different grips and can react within milliseconds to determine whether it should use a pinch, tripod, wrist pronated or wrist neutral method to interact with the object in question. This is a major development in the field, as prosthetics have historically lacked this vital responsive element. The team hopes to progress the development by integrating it directly into the nervous system to send pressure and temperature.

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