Friday, 17 Aug, 2012 Technology

Latest Invention: Sandia Modular Robotic Hand Is the Most Realistic So Far


DARPA teamed up with Sandia National Laboratories to come up with a new type of modular robot hand that closely mimics the movements of a human hand and at the same time is cost-effective (while previous models were priced at up to $250,000, this one costs $10,000).

The device can handle a myriad of everyday objects, pick up tiny things and even place a battery into the back of a small flashlight.

It would be interesting to note that the hand is controlled like a robotic puppet, repeating the movements of a user wearing a special glove.

One more feature of the robotic hand is that it's modular, meaning that its fingers can be detached and put back again. Besides, it is possible to attach specialized fingers (for example fingers equipped with a camera, flashlight or screwdriver).

The main goal of this DARPA-funded project was to disarm improvised explosive devices (IEM).

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