Most of you geeks have seen a number of sci-fi flicks and are in love with the futuristic technologies that are showcased in those movies. However, have you ever noticed about how human-like robots and artificial intelligence is featured in movies and in real life the robots look clumsy and box-ish whereas the artificial intelligence is limited? What’s the most human-like robot you’ve seen till now in real life? Yeah. Ever wondered why is it so?
The problem lies in the fact that when it comes to creating a robot, a sacrifice has to be made between how you want it to look and what tasks should it perform. Say for instance, if a robot is made to look more human-like, it won’t be able to perform as many tasks as a robot that is not so human-like will be able to. It’s quite a paradox actually.
A team of researcher at the University of Washington however decided to make a robotic hand that is capable of performing complex hand movements with unparalleled precision and yet looks quite realistic to say the least.
The team began with a laser scan of the human skeleton and used that for making bones via 3D printer. 3D printing, we tell you, is turning out to be the next best thing. The team made use of Spectra strings for recreating the effect of joint ligaments and for providing assist with the stability.
Dynamixel servos that have been connected via cables are used for replication of carpel tunnel. The end result is a very human-like robotic hand that is capable of mimicking the human hand movement with an astounding amount of accuracy and precision.
The conventional robot hands have predefined movements that are written by a programmer, which is to say that the robot is not programmed for complex tasks. However, this robotic hand is capable of moving in a very peculiar manner; you put on a special glove and move your hand as you deem fit. The robotic hand mimics your movements without breaking a sweat! Read if you should be worried that AI might take over the world as shown in the movies.