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Robotic hand uses AI to specialize its grip for any object

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2014 01:16 AM by AlexMuller
It’s not easy to build a robot that can compete with that astounding piece of machinery. But the UK company Shadow has a solid contender. And while it’s robotic hands imitate nature, why keep nature’s limitations? Shadow’s Dexterous Hand “sees” the shape of the object approaching it to help it determine how to hold it.
The hand makes clever use of Microsoft’s Kinect off-the-shelf depth sensor to size up the object it needs to grasp using a 3D point cloud. If the hand has seen the object before, it calls up instructions for the most practical shape to adopt to grasp it. If it hasn’t seen the object before, it runs artificial intelligence algorithms to guess at the best shape. (If its guess is lousy, it will feed that information back into the system to make a better effort next time.)
Capable of 24 distinct movements, the hand can come up with an almost human array of positions to hold a Rubik’s cube, business card or light bulb. The finger lengths vary like a person’s too, giving the hand a more organic feel than many of its competitors.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-26
Great! It is good to see that Robots can do movements that are getting more refined and similar to human hands. Now we can expect that they could work in services like taking care of patients and giving them water and medication
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-06-26
Great effort to facilitate interaction with robots. This is a good aim to make the robot to communicate using the cues that people already recognize. “This is key to interacting with a robot in a safe and friendly manner.” Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
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