New compact and dexterous robotic finger that can withstand physical impacts

A sectional view of the CAD model of the finger (top) and the prototype antagonistic variable stiffness finger mechanism (bottom). Credit: Higher Education Press Limited Company

For decades researchers have worked to design robotic hands that mimic the dexterity of human hands in the ways they grasp and manipulate objects. However, these earlier robotic hands have not been able to withstand the physical impacts that can occur in unstructured environments. A research team has now developed a compact robotic finger for dexterous hands, while also being capable of withstanding physical impacts in its working environment.

The team of researchers from …

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