With two robotic fingers, humans get a helping hand

Mechanical fingers grasp like the real thing

By Meghan Rosen, 16:54 PM July 28, 2014

Robo-fingers could help humans get a grip. A new type of wearable robot pairs two tonglike digits with a wrist brace to give a person the dexterity of a seven-fingered hand.

After slipping on the contraption, users can palm a basketball, single-handedly twist off a bottle cap or hold a tablet computer and type on it using the same hand, MIT mechanical engineers Faye Wu and Harry Asada reported July 15 at the Robotics: Science and Systems conference in Berkeley, Calif.

Wu and Asada’s robotic dig...

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