Torres-Jara's Obrero robot, seen here about to lift a ceramic mug
While at MIT, Robot Rebuilt's founder Torres-Jara built a robot with highly sensitive hands, called Obrero
Robot manipulators – or hands, as we like to call them – come in all shapes and sizes. Some, like those developed for Willow Garage's PR2, have just two fingers. Others have three, four, or five fingers – and some manage to lift objects with none at all. Now, an MIT spin-off called Robot Rebuilt is hitting up Boston venture capital firms to develop a manipulator with human-like sensitivity.
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