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January 29, 2019

Robot hand plays piano

Long story short: a team at the University of Cambridge led by Josie Hughes, a researcher in the Department of Engineering, led the development of the hand, which operates passively — meaning its fingers are not individually connected to any motors. Instead, a simple mechanical arm controls only the wrist, and the rest of the hand follows in a design inspired by human anatomy.

Said Hughes, "Our aim is to move away from the traditional approach in robotics, where one motor gives one behavior, because that doesn't scale." 

December 19, 2018 New York Times Science section story here.

Abstract of the original research paper, published December 19, 2018 in Science Robotics, here.

January 29, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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