Friday, June 29, 2007

Hands in the Air if your Robot Handles Eggs

The Swirling
Brain alerted us to a story about another "world's first", this time a Kyoto
robotics company named Squse is
claiming to have created the world's first robot hand powered by air
muscles and able to do delicate tasks like handling an egg. The main
visible difference between this and previous air muscle hands seems to
be that Squse covered theirs with a flesh-colored glove. The UK Shadow Robot Company shipped an
air muscle hand called Shadow
Hand in 2005 and
demonstrated prototypes as early as 2001. The Squse site has video of the hand
attached to an android arm and torso. The Squse press release has
some additional photos. Interestingly, there didn't seem to be any
photos of the Squse hand gripping an egg but here's the Shadow
Hand holding an egg.


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