A robotic “glove” that adds two extra fingers to a human hand was designed by researchers from the University of MIT.
Fingers of the robotic device are moving synchronously with the natural ones, without requiring the user to give commands, thereby significantly enhancing the ability of handling the objects.
“This is a completely intuitive and natural way to move your robotic fingers. You do not need to command the robot, but simply move your fingers naturally. Then the robotic fingers react and assist your fingers,” says Professor Harry Asada of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, who led the project.
The MIT researchers, who presented their invention at the Robotics: Science and Systems conference in Berkeley, California, said that their device could help people who are amputees, have limited dexterity, or those who want to lift heavy objects.
The robotic fingers are using software algorithms that enable them to move in sync with the natural fingers. The two artificial fingers are located at both ends of the hand, one next to the thumb, and the other next to the small finger.
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