So you want something to look forward to in your fast approaching old age, eh? If robots playing baseball
doesn’t quite cut it, how’s about a robohand that redefines what we
understand by the word "dexterity"? The Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory is at it again, this time demonstrating robotic appendages with a reaction time of a single millisecond.
Using harmonic drive gears and a (really) high-speed actuator, the
three-fingered hands can tie your shoelaces, tweezer your brow, and
even perform some kung fu pen spinning for the ladies. Video after the
break — skip ahead if you must, but don’t miss out on the slow-mo
action at 2:40 in the demo, it’s pure kinetic poetry.
[Via Hizook; Thanks, Thomas B]