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May 24, 2012 AT 9:41 am

Robotic Omni-Finger

While the prototype in this vid just has one Omni-Finger, the final concept will include three of them (as in the illustration below). This will enable robots to arbitrarily alter the orientation of objects that they’ve grasped without having to set the object down, manipulate it, and re-grasp it, making grasping tasks as a whole easier andmuch more efficient. The only problem remaining is to figure out how to keep the fingers in contact with an irregular object as the fingers move it around, but the researchers are working on some creative ideas involving surrounding the fingers with deformable sacks filled with some sort of viscous fluid.


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1 Comment

  1. In case others are looking, the direct link is http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/robot-finger-does-what-your-finger-cant

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