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Impressive Robot Hand From Shadow

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the more-dextrous-than-me dept.

Biotech 101

kkleiner writes "The Shadow Dextrous Hand is a robotic arm that allows for fine motor control and precise movements. It's accurate enough to pick up an egg, screw in a light bulb, or thread a needle. Even cooler, researchers can control it with a 'Cyber glove,' allowing for 24 distinct human movements that mimic the user's own hand. A British based company, Shadow, has been displaying the hand for several years now, and recently demonstrated its latest model at IREX 2009. The hand, toted as the world's most advanced, is available for sale to researchers (pricing has not been made public)."

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go for the boob (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30598744)

grab her tits

I want one (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30598796)

One of these, a rubber glove, lube and a bottle of wine and I'm set.

Re:I want one (5, Funny)

jollyreaper (513215) | more than 4 years ago | (#30598816)

One of these, a rubber glove, lube and a bottle of wine and I'm set.

I don't care how much lube you use, your ass is still gonna be smarting after that.

Re:I want one (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30598972)

Dude, I think you're going to need more than just one bottle of wine to get the robot drunk enough for that.

Re:I want one (1)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599664)

Hah, you can have all the benefits of a stranger [urbandictionary.com] without having to sit on your hand for 20 minutes.

Re:I want one (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600112)

Might want to practice on a hot dog first, or else you'll rip your dick off

I must say, (1)

palegray.net (1195047) | more than 4 years ago | (#30598798)

this sure seems like a handy invention.

Re:I must say, (1)

freezway (1649969) | more than 4 years ago | (#30598912)

that is an awesome pun

Re:I must say, (2, Funny)

c6gunner (950153) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599622)

Yep, I gotta hand it to them, this is the first model I've seen which isn't all thumbs. Looks like we've finally got a grip on this technology!

Re:I must say, (1)

Aeros (668253) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599662)

you can have a very realistic game of rock, paper, scissors with this thing!

Re:I must say, (1)

seven of five (578993) | more than 4 years ago | (#30602890)

Give that man a hand.

Virtual Prostitution? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30598856)

A device like this could create a whole new industry of virtual prostitution. Although, I wouldn't get too excited because as soon as that happens, the nanny-state politicians from both sides of the aisle will no doubt move to outlaw it. I still don't understand how a government in a free society is able to tell people what they can and can't do with their body, especially when it comes to sex.

Re:Virtual Prostitution? (2, Insightful)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599080)

A device like this could create a whole new industry of virtual prostitution. Although, I wouldn't get too excited because as soon as that happens, the nanny-state politicians from both sides of the aisle will no doubt move to outlaw it. I still don't understand how a government in a free society is able to tell people what they can and can't do with their body, especially when it comes to sex.

It'd work out great until some 4chan jerk hacks the connection and you have to call the hospital to have a robot hand surgically removed from your p33n0r

Re:Virtual Prostitution? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30603436)

It'd work out great until some 4chan jerk hacks the connection and you have to call the hospital to have a robot hand surgically removed from your p33n0r

Nah.... Knowing /b/, you'd have to call the hospital because they hacked the robot arm and uploaded some kind of robotic tentacle rape program, resulting in really, really nasty rectal prolapse... But not before you pass out from the pain of it all, and the arm-hackers direct the hand to reach for your nearby camera, so you can become an internet phenomena.

Yours for... (1)

BigSlowTarget (325940) | more than 4 years ago | (#30598866)

No published price and 'for sale to researchers' means $100k+. That's competitive with the current robot hand market such as it is.

Egg fraud (2, Interesting)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 4 years ago | (#30598882)

It is almost impossible to smash an egg by grasping it. This dissipates the crushing force over the entire surface of the egg. Try it yourself, you can't crush an egg in your hand no matter how hard you squeeze. Where was the well-educated, erudite journalist on this one, exposing this hoary old "Newton's Apple" gimmick to the world? Oh wait, the linked article is a press release passed off as an article, and slashdot is just a blog not a news source.

Re:Egg fraud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30598936)

I've done it in the past. Some people can't, but some can.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

scapermoya (769847) | more than 4 years ago | (#30598946)

that's definitely not true at all. you just want people to get egg on their trousers. wow, i've never used the word trousers before.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

Aeros (668253) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599666)

maybe he's just wimpy wimpy wimpy

Re:Egg fraud (5, Funny)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599018)

WARNING: Do not actually try this!!

Try it yourself, you can't crush an egg in your hand no matter how hard you squeeze.

Hey douchebag, that's not true at all. I've got egg all over my desk, my monitor, my pants, and my shirt now.

Of course, it could just be because I used my masturbating hand to do it... that hand is much stronger.

Anyway, it's not the distribution of force over the shell that makes hand-crushing an egg difficult. It's the fact that most people simply can't generate enough force at that position due to how the hand is shaped -- a lot of the force is dispersed by deforming the hand tissue, not the egg. The trick is to have the narrow end of the egg towards your thumb, and to squeeze like you're milking a cow but with the palm, not with the fingers). This loads the first portion of the force exerted into deforming your palm, and the last portion is almost entirely directed into the egg.

Note also that a robotic hand does not have the physiological limitations a human hand does.

Re:Egg fraud (2, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599136)

Note also that a robotic hand does not have the physiological limitations a human hand does.

To be more accurate, a robot hand does not have the same limitations as a human hand. For instance, while camping, a little warm bacon grease from the skillet will suffice to allow the human hand to fulfill it's duties. What kind of a battery pack would you need to drag along with this thing, and how much does it weigh? You'd probably need some kind of pack-llama to carry it, and if you've got a llama anyhow...

Re:Egg fraud (1)

selven (1556643) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599272)

Artificial body parts that feed on your blood's glucose are now in development.

Re:Egg fraud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30599544)

For instance, while camping, a little warm bacon grease from the skillet will suffice to allow the human hand to fulfill it's duties.

OK I don't think I got the same impression as you did as to the typical uses of this kind of robot...

Re:Egg fraud (4, Funny)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599904)

For instance, while camping, a little warm bacon grease from the skillet will suffice to allow the human hand to fulfill it's duties.

I didn't think it was possible to love bacon too much until I read this...

Re:Egg fraud (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600016)

For instance, while camping, a little warm bacon grease from the skillet will suffice to allow the human hand to fulfill it's duties.

Note to self: Do not allow Spun to prep my food next time we're camping.
2nd note to self: Allow bacon grease to cool away from the fire a while before attempting.
3rd note to self: Research llama farms in NJ.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600562)

4th note to self: find old fashioned sprig-type clothespin for nose...llamas STINK!

They are also vile, evil-tempered beasts that will readily show their displeasure by regurgitating their rumen contents on you. (think camels 'spitting' on you-llamas are just small, hairy camels) The smell sticks to you for days, despite baths and showers...just like being sprayed by a skunk.

Stick with proven standby (stand-in?) sheep and over-sized rubber boots...or, so I've heard...

Re:Egg fraud (1)

amoeba1911 (978485) | more than 4 years ago | (#30606518)

... squeeze like you're milking a cow but with the palm ...

I have no idea what that is. The closest I've gotten to touching a cow is a Gateway computer.

Lesser known corollaries (2, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599020)

It is also impossible to crush an egg against your own eye socket, or in your armpit, as these perfectly cup the egg, again dissipating the forces.

Re:Lesser known corollaries (2, Funny)

BronsCon (927697) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599172)

But is it possible to crush an egg in your ass? I would think it depends how firm your buttocks are.

Re:Lesser known corollaries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30599610)

Do you literally mean IN your ass? Then yes, lets not forget the forces of the tubes down there. One Man One Jar is a lesson to everyone, be careful down there folks...

Re:Lesser known corollaries (1)

Dirty Fool (1611901) | more than 4 years ago | (#30602020)

You mean like this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiBxkLydnU8 [youtube.com]

hmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30604164)

or this [jarsquatter.com]

Re:Lesser known corollaries (1)

The Wild Norseman (1404891) | more than 4 years ago | (#30602776)

But is it possible to crush an egg in your ass? I would think it depends how firm your buttocks are.

Yes, one would think...

Re:Lesser known corollaries (1)

Red Flayer (890720) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599386)

It is also impossible to crush an egg against your own eye socket, or in your armpit, as these perfectly cup the egg, again dissipating the forces.

Hmm... I'm sure I couldn't crush an egg in my armpit, because all the force I could exert would just deform my somewhat-flabby hairpits. But next time I'm already on antibiotics for some reason, I'll try one against my eyesocket. Seems to me it should be possible, as long as the egg is large enough to bridge the from the upper orbital to the cheekbone. That's just over two finger-widths for me... maybe a jumbo egg would be big enough.

One other thing to note... I've noticed lately that some eggs (especially the cheapest ones) have VERY thin shells. I broke one making Christmas cookies just picking it up out of the carton -- but it's possible it had a hairline fracture I didn't see.

Re:Lesser known corollaries (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30605326)

It is also impossible to crush an egg against your own eye socket, or in your armpit, as these perfectly cup the egg, again dissipating the forces.

There will be somebody, _somewhere_ that will now break an egg on their eye, and that's hilarious.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

Ractive (679038) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599168)

It is almost impossible to smash an egg by grasping it.

It's OK Mr Burns... but some people actually can.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599274)

Shit, you really are a scrawny nerd.

Maybe you should do a little exercise

Re:Egg fraud (1)

DNS-and-BIND (461968) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599910)

Nope. Try it, take an egg from the refrigerator and grip it like a baseball. Try to crush it. It won't work. It's an old science trick from the sort of fellow who used to visit middle schools.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600560)

So not only do you need to hit the gym, you need to hit the dictionary.

Grasping does not mean putting it in your hand and squeezing, if means using the fingers to clasp. And I can easily break an egg like that - there's a lot of force applied to the small area of one finger/thumb tip.

Seriously if you can't break an egg holding it like: http://www.thecompletepitcher.com/images/grips/pitching_grips.gif [thecompletepitcher.com] then you need to start eating.

And yes, just in case chickens had evolved thicker egg shells in the last few years I just broke an egg.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600970)

And yes, just in case chickens had evolved thicker egg shells in the last few years I just broke an egg.

YHBT, HTH, BLNT. HAND!

Re:Egg fraud (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601920)

Actually I lied about that part, so the idiot not involved in the discussion was the trollee, I guess.

But I break eggs with one hand almost every morning when I make my "heart attack please" breakfast, so I will be trying the grasp approach in 12 hours time...

Re:Egg fraud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30603502)

No need to try it. I can close Captains of Crush 3 (~280lbs). (helpful for climbing) Back in high school, I could only close the #1.5 grippers (~167lbs)--some guy challenged me to the egg trick and he got egg on his face. Literally. Of course, so did many of the other people who gathered to see the feat. lol.

Re:Egg fraud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30599312)

Are you kidding? I can easily crush an egg using only two fingers. Which is similar to how this robot hand would grasp it. In fact it is probably easier to crush in the robot hand since it is hard with sharp edges.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599930)

If you apply the force evenly. Also, it's almost impossible for normal human strength.

You don't really ahve much of a grasp of news source.

heh, I said grasp.

Re:Egg fraud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600396)

GAAAAAAHHHH!!!!! You bastards!!!!

Yes, I am stronger than average -- but not by that much. Yes, that was the hardest I've ever squeezed anything. Yes, that was a lot of force. Yes that was a very loud pop for an egg. No I can't clean the egg off of my ceiling.

Re:Egg fraud (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600110)

Yes you can. But do it outside. The force is dissipated over the surface of the egg, but eggs are not perfectly spherical, neither is your hand. When it is crushed, it is one of the most satisfying explosions of poultry related products I have ever seen. I had egg on the side of my house over twenty two feet high (that's as high as my ladder would go). I've done it several times since to prove to people it can be done. You don't dig your fingers in. Just squeeze with all of your might. It may take two or three times for the girly men out there. But it is a lot of fun to do to someone who says it cannot be done.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

MartinSchou (1360093) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600164)

First of all, what fraud with the egg? The article nor the summary doesn't talk about crushing an egg, nor is it in the video. The article mentions the word "egg" once:

Its accurate enough to pick up an egg, [...]

That being said, even if they DID have a demo of it crushing an egg, there are several ways to do this:
1) Using an empty egg shell in the gesturing hand.
2) Not having an egg at all in the gesturing hand.
3) Actually breaking the egg by hand [youtube.com]

As others have pointed out, the robot doesn't have our physical limitations. You tell it to move its fingers to a certain position, and it could have plenty of power to do it. It doesn't have pain receptors, it doesn't have flesh that spreads the force over a bigger area - it just has metal tips and joints that are much harder than the thin calcium shell of the egg.

Re:Egg fraud (1)

digitalhermit (113459) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600246)

This dissipates the crushing force over the entire surface of the egg. Try it yourself, you can't crush an egg in your hand no matter how hard you squeeze.

I read this once too. Place an egg in the palm of your hand and try to crush it. When I was 12 I couldn't do it. By 18 it was a simple thing to squish it to pieces. If you don't place it precisely in your hand so that your fingers aren't exerting pressure then it will break very easily.

You're an 'Egg fraud' (1)

rts008 (812749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600368)

Try it yourself, you can't crush an egg in your hand no matter how hard you squeeze.

Have you ever tried?
It's easy to do, and with practice you can let out only the egg from your fist, leaving all the broken shell in your hand to be discarded. It's quicker than the traditional way of breaking eggs to make am omelet. Since you should wash your hands after handling eggs anyhow, no time is lost there.

Slashdot (1)

epp_b (944299) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601236)

Slashdot. News for birds. Stuff that splatters.

Next addon for the Lunar rover? ISS (1)

Tekfactory (937086) | more than 4 years ago | (#30598886)

Seriously I think the delay might be a bit much for a Mars rover, but it might be nice to have one of thes to collect samples, turn over rocks or something with a rover.

The ISS has the Canadarm, but it also has a robot named Dextre to move along the Canadarm tracks on the ISS, it has different power tools it could use, this might be a nice new one.

If course the last question is are there direct kits without the glove that let the electrocdes in the brain guys tinker with its life-like hand movements?

Re:Next addon for the Lunar rover? ISS (1)

rich_from_shadow (1146993) | more than 4 years ago | (#30605026)

We've been doing some work with the European Space Agency looking at how you might use something derived from this on their hardware... but it's a long way away from flying!

Looks useful (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30598908)

This might be something to remember if your father ever cuts off your hand.

Re:Looks useful (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30599582)

This might be something to remember if your father ever cuts off your hand.

Luke...I am your FATHER!

Re:Looks useful (1)

interploy (1387145) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600046)

I sure hope that's where this is heading. Now that they have the basics, they need to start shrinking it down to human size and partnering with researchers who do mind-machine interfaces. And of course the power issue. But it's amazing to think that in perhaps one or two more generations people might be able to get a fully articulated replacement arm and hand.

combine this with the story below... (3, Funny)

scapermoya (769847) | more than 4 years ago | (#30598926)

robot hand + machine-written journalism = infinite fun!

Hey, if robot can write using an old typewriter... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30599062)

...then we might have something here.

It's so bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30598942)

I love it cause it's so bad...

Links are old (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30598950)

Links above go to 2006 video. Here's a link to the current demo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV6wkczWopY

how many robot hands does it take to... (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30598960)

Q: how many robot hands does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: Just one... didn't you RTFA?

no wrist? (1)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599032)

I'm surprised that this is their most advanced model and appears to have no wrist articulation whatsoever.

And the index finger control was obviously off by quite a bit.

NOT impressed. Anyone remember their Robotron? and this is all the better we've gotten in all those years?

Re:no wrist? (1)

kkleiner (1468647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599060)

The video is not of their latest model - it shows a model from a few years ago. Presumably the latest model is more advanced

Re:no wrist? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30605238)

Er, it does have a wrist. You can see it right there in the video.

Hugo Elias

DARPA research from the 80s (4, Informative)

StCredZero (169093) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599068)

DARPA funded research on haptics and "Waldoes" (nickname for remotely operated manipulators from Heinlein) starting in the 80s. A lot of this know-how ended up in Sarcos corporation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhj3Z9o6t0g [youtube.com]

http://www.sarcos.com/teleop_videos.html [sarcos.com]

The problem with haptics technology is that mechanisms complicated enough to mimic parts of the human body, like the arms and hands, will tend to be more expensive and less robust than simpler manipulators. Much of the DARPA research from the 80s was motivated by the need to work underwater at great depths. Most current underwaters RPVs don't use advanced haptics, because the work can be done with simpler and more robust manipulators.

Prosthesis can change this, however. A mass produced prosthetic arm could drive down the cost of such mechanisms. This could lead to further advances and cost reduction in haptics technology.

We are actually at the point where we could build a Gundam style mecha. (Has to be large enough to contain a whole-body haptic harness with complete freedom of motion.) But there is no practical reason to do so. (Other than to provide an even cooler spectacle at "monster truck" rallies.)

(Also it would probably have an Evangelion-like extension cord coming out the back for power and possibly hydraulics.)

Re:DARPA research from the 80s (1)

g0bshiTe (596213) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599690)

And it would be totally kick ass to see it crush a monster truck.

"My +5 mecha of death crushes your obviously inferior +2 monster truck."

Re:DARPA research from the 80s (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599958)

Also handy to have your robots be able to pick up an enemy's weapon and use it.... handy for them, not for us humans i.e. the enemy.

Oblamatorily (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30599074)

Blah blah cyberdyne blah blah

Just trying to get it out of the way.

Self-replication a la Escher (1)

Ukab the Great (87152) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599098)

Is the robot hand dextrous enough to build a dextrous robot hand?

Re:Self-replication a la Escher (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30599348)

If this hand is already built, than Escher-replication is not possible. It would be more similar to cell division.

Now if two incomplete hands were able to finish building each other, THEN we would have Escher replication for the end of an assembly line. It seems like a great idea, use mechanical articulation to lay the framework, then let the hands finish themselves (also provides testing application for each device off the line). Since the parts should be in standard positions / locations, this could be very possible with programmed / recorded movements.

Meh (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599112)

They are still using (animatronic) cables for joint movements, and the controlling motors in the "arm" make it ginormous!
Any hobbyist with bicycle brake cable and a few servos can build something like this. And the latency displayed in the video between glove & machine is horrible.

Re:Meh (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599974)

"Any hobbyist with bicycle brake cable and a few servos can build something like this"

haha, good luck.

If it's ginormous, then just build bigger robots.

Re:Meh (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30604170)

Actually Shadow use air muscles- so the cables are the motors, although I presume there will be a big compressor lurking somewhere in the background.

Re:Meh (1)

rich_from_shadow (1146993) | more than 4 years ago | (#30605080)

The Hand in the video in the OP was an Air Muscle hand, with 40 muscles in the forearm pulling on the tendons. The newest version replaces pairs of muscles with single motors, with integrated force sensing to replicate the compliance of the Air Muscle.

Spiderish (1)

Daxx22 (1610473) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599246)

Movements reminded me of a spider. Kinda creepy.

waldo, not robot? (4, Insightful)

bcrowell (177657) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599256)

Isn't this a waldo, rather than a robot? My understanding is that a robot is defined as something that is at least somewhat autonomous, at least to the extent that it incorporates a feedback loop [wikipedia.org] . For instance, some of the earliest robots from the mid-20th century were little things that rolled around on the floor searching for bright light. A Roomba is a robot. If all it does is shadow the motion of your hand, then I think it's called a waldo [wikipedia.org] (named after a science fiction story by Robert Heinlein) or a remote manipulator. Most likely they're using the term "robot" because it makes a better marketing term.

Re:waldo, not robot? (2, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599592)

It is unfortunate that we use the term "robot" to refer both to truly autonomous vehicles and to what are essentially remote controlled vehicles (e.g. Robot Wars [wikipedia.org] . While I would prefer the term "robot" only be used for machines that can think for themselves, I suspect that "Waldo Wars" would not a huge marketing success.

Re:waldo, not robot? (2, Insightful)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600278)

My understanding is that a robot is defined as something that is at least somewhat autonomous

It is not. In fact "robot" is quite ill defined.

Some people want it to only mean autonomous machines, others only human-shaped machines, but in its originating play, it referred to what we'd now call replicants. It's used to refer to androids and remote controlled planes and everything in between.

Re:waldo, not robot? (1)

rich_from_shadow (1146993) | more than 4 years ago | (#30605102)

The video is showing a standalone Shadow Hand connected to a standalone CyberGlove which does the control. You can drive the Hand from any source of position data you want to generate - teleoperating it with a CyberGlove is just one of the options for control. So it's a robot that can be used as a waldo.

*This* is a robotic hand (2, Interesting)

KnownIssues (1612961) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599292)

Video on YouTube of High-Speed Robot Hand [youtube.com] .

Re:*This* is a robotic hand (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600008)

It only has 3 fingers, prosthetic fail.

cool though, but it's built for a different thing.

Lame (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30599296)

No shock, no middle finger? And they say it can do everything. Ha!

I saw this in 1991... (1)

LtCol Burrito (1698596) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599324)

...Sarah and John Connor will come by with a big guy from the future to get it back soon.

Prosthetics? (1)

divisionbyzero (300681) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599446)

Would any of this tech. be useful for prosthetic arms?

Go, Mighty Orbots (1)

tekrat (242117) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599684)

Will the Robotic Hand from Shadow be able to defeat the Orbots?
Tune in after the break to find out!

Nope (1)

Mathinker (909784) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600228)

Nope, it'll just wake up at exactly the right time and strangle, er, someone.

Damn, I hate it when I can't tell a joke because it's too much of a spoiler....

No one is welcoming our new overlords yet? (1)

HeckRuler (1369601) | more than 4 years ago | (#30599970)

Because I for one was expecting that hand to rip out that girl's throat at the end of that video.

Lucas (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600000)

I love the Cyber Glove... It's so BAD!

Whoops... (1)

northernfrights (1653323) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600082)

"The hand, toted as the world's most advanced, is available for sale to researchers..." Damn, that must get heavy after a while.

That's just creepy. (1)

John Sokol (109591) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600236)

That's just creepy.

It didn't seem to track the hand movements very well.

Lag - Like Natal (1)

sanman2 (928866) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600418)

That's why until processing power radically improves, this thing would be a lagging mimic of human movement

Re:That's just creepy. (1)

emurphy42 (631808) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601386)

After that bit at the end, the lag is what creeps you out?

DON'T DATE ROBOTS!

Re:That's just creepy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30601982)

I don't think I would date a robot.

It's the part where it was stroking the girls face at the end that creeped me out

saw this in the 70's (1)

StickANeedleInMyEye (1253490) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600286)

Anyone who has a hand impairment like a quadriplegic or has studied hand movement knows that full wrist articulation is paramount. The wrist can even expand and contract some atrophied hand and forearm muscles so that fingers partly open and close.

Even if this isn't their newest video, what it shows is sadly they don't understand fundamental hand/wrist finger interaction.

I suppose this is not a robotic related rant ... but the sense of touch is still missing here and that seems lacking in the restorative efforts of researchers.

Re:saw this in the 70's (1)

rich_from_shadow (1146993) | more than 4 years ago | (#30605062)

The Hand has two of the wrist movements, but not the forearm rotation. Mainly because most of the time it gets bolted onto a robot arm that provides that movement already.

Robotic hand replacements (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30600862)

You better practice on a hot dog first...

No more (1)

Master Moose (1243274) | more than 4 years ago | (#30600946)

..Sitting on my arm until it goes numb so I can pretend I have a girlfriend

Price tag (1)

nghiaho12 (1403043) | more than 4 years ago | (#30601506)

I had a chance to see a similar model from Shadow at IROS2008 (big robotics conference) in France and spoke to the sales rep. I remember he quoted the demo hand to be around 100k British pounds (yes, 6 figures!). Had to be one of the most expensive price/weight thing I've ever got to touched.

Better Option (1)

The_mad_linguist (1019680) | more than 4 years ago | (#30602854)

I would much prefer it if we were using Vorlon technology for our synthetic hands.

Well, it's official (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 4 years ago | (#30602968)

A robot hand gets more action than I do!

Cool but (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30603858)

the video is uploaded 2006. Not very "recently" IMHO

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