hands

  • Robots that learn

    Robots that learn

    The University of Massachusetts, Amherst is working on a robot that can learn to use unfamiliar objects. According to MIT’s Technology Review, UMass’s Robot, called the UMass Mobile Manipulator, or UMan, ‘sees’ an object with the help of a Web cam and then pushes it around to see how it moves, identifying and recording the objects’ parts and joints. Doctoral… Read More

  • Robot trained to pick up lamps, eggs

    Robot trained to pick up lamps, eggs


    Delicate movements by robots are fairly difficult. After all, most robots are made of milled metals and death-dealing neutronium, so you can’t really pick up “egg or an electric lamp.” Using ferromagnetic materials, however, the hands made by the Department of Electricity and Electronics and the Basque Country Faculty of Science and Technology can clutch more delicately… Read More

  • Shake hands with the i-LIMB

    Shake hands with the i-LIMB

    A new prosthetic hand is being tested in Germany right now that has individual movable fingers that are nimble enough to type on a keyboard. It’s also sensitive enough to pressure that one using it can pick up a styrofoam cup without crushing it, something not possible before. It’s still in the prototype stage, but the company behind the hand, Touch Bionics, is now looking for… Read More

  • Asus Eee lookalike: Priced $50 more, big hand added

    Asus Eee lookalike: Priced $50 more, big hand added

    Here’s an idea. Take a 2GB Asus Eee PC, change almost nothing, and add $50 to the price tag. That’s what Cybertron’s done with its “new” line of Mini-PC computers. For $349, you’ll get a 900Mhz Celeron M processor, 512MB or RAM, 7-inch 800×400 screen, 2GB flash drive, and everything else the Eee PC has. The operating system even looks the same, if not… Read More