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Sushi-Loving Robots With Opposable Thumbs

Wed, 09/16/2009 - 6:55am

Via DigInfo News.

These robots from Squse, a Japaese robotics company, are built using air-injected actuators that mimick the motion and sensitivity of a human hand, namely through a swift, delicate touch unheard of in robotics. The actuators, even when filled, release pressure only according to the form of an object, which allows the robot to pick up soft objects such as sushi and strawberries without destroying them.

While the protoypes with human-like hands will likely never be more than a concept, the robotic-appendaged versions could find use in food processing facilities, where hygeine and cleanliness is of an utmost importance.

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