The robotic hand utilizing string "tendons" can grasp a raw egg without breaking it (Photo: Markus Breig)
The robotic hand developed by European researchers that uses artificial tendons consisting of strings tightened using small, high-speed electric motors (Photo: Markus Breig)
While the quest for robotic grippers with a light, yet firm touch has led to innovative approaches, such as the universal jamming gripper, it’s still hard to go past the four fingers and opposable thumb form factor honed by millions of years of evolution. While the technology is available to create a robotic hand that is both powerful and delicate, cramming it inside a compact arm is still difficult. But European researchers have done just that by using a novel string actuator to act as an artificial tendon.
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