Sunday, September 27th, 2009

The Robot Hand Faster and Better Than a Human’s

August 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Robots

So the braniacs at Ishikawa Komuro Lab have developed a high-speed robot hand that can do things very quickly. Now we have at least one robot that can run decently, and at least one robot hand that can do detailed manipulation tasks much faster and better than we can. We are so doomed.


The high-speed robot hand can close within one-tenth of a second, and make real-time adjustments based on its tactile and visual sensors within one millisecond. See the hand hyper-bounce a ball, twirl a “pen”, knot a rope, pick up a rice grain with tweezers, and throw and catch objects:

Granted, the hand’s capabilities are quite limited, and the video above implies a need for numerous support equipment to make everything work. But it’s easy to see the hand flipping off the viewer as it dribbles a ball or uses the tweezers. It’s a sign folks, robotic disdain for the human existence has already begun! We are so doomed; once again we have the Japanese obsession over articulating robots to thank.


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