German robot maker Festo is having a good week. After thoroughly impressing us with its oddly graceful robot that flies by turning itself inside out, now its robotic manipulator hand grabbed our attention. We've seen things like ExoHand before of course, but this exoskeletal control mechanism is unique in its dexterity and the fact that the controllers glove is 3-D printed for precise fit, feel, and control.
The robot arm itself is notably dexterous, enabled by the exoskeletal control glove that's the real innovation here. It's made by taking a scan of the user's hand and printing a custom-fit glove out of polyamide plastic that ensures a custom fit. That in turn helps to not only make the control inputs as precise as possible, but makes the tactile feedback more realistic as well.
Via two-way pneumatics, the user feels what the robot feels via force feedback applied to the user's hand via the ExoHand glove. So when handling an object with the robotic arm, the user can sense how hard the arm is gripping the object, etc. The robot arm can amplify the force exerted by the user to make it a much stronger analog for the human's movement, but the super-precise feedback between human and machine allowed by the 3-D printed glove ensures that this boost in strength is kept under perfect control.
I suppose for the future, this is how remote robots are going to mine the asteroids with virtual remote control.
Science sees no further than what it can sense, i.e. facts.
Religion sees beyond the senses, i.e. faith.
Open your mind and see!
looks like something from Aperture science
Given the title of the article, I was hoping the robot arm human hybrid would be shown bending crowbars.
That or fusing together diamonds out of compressed coal.
---Some people use science to discover what's real.
---Other people presuppose what's real without scientific evidence, i.e. some types of religion and faith.
---Be humble and honest with an open mind and acknowledge what's actually proven and known as real and what's just presupposed.
It's a bit slow... I hoped it would follow you every movement, even at normal speeds. But whatever floats their boat on being cutting edge...
The arm seems a little clunky; the hand seem a little slow; and how much does it cost again?
It has impressive mobility and comes with a good virtual display. Chilling similarity to the T-1000.
masturbating has gotten 100xs more fun.
They still have a ways to go yet. This is good - not great, but good.