Dextrous robotic hand gets thumbs up
PARIS (AFP) - European researchers said on Thursday they had developed the world's first real-sized, five-fingered robotic hand able to grasp and manipulate objects with human-like dexterity.
Getting robots to manoeuvre objects with precision has posed many problems for engineers in their quest to build humanoid machines to serve as domestic aides, emergency rescuers or factory workers.
Industrial robotic "grippers" already exist that are able to grasp objects and move them but are unable to handle items as a human hand would - grasping an egg without breaking it but also lifting heavy, bulky things.
It has also proved difficult to size prototypes on human measurements.