Ever feel like you don't have enough fingers?

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Ever feel like you don't have enough fingers?

Getting a grip on robotic grasp: New wrist-mounted device augments the human hand with two robotic fingers

Date:
July 18, 2014

Source:
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Summary:
Twisting a screwdriver, removing a bottle cap, and peeling a banana are just a few simple tasks that are tricky to pull off single-handedly. Now a new wrist-mounted robot can provide a helping hand -- or rather, fingers. Researchers have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand.

Exerpt:
Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one's wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables it to move in sync with the wearer's fingers to grasp objects of various shapes and sizes. Wearing the robot, a user could use one hand to, for instance, hold the base of a bottle while twisting off its cap.

Full Article/Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140718095727.htm

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