Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand
By JOHN MARKOFF -NY Times
Published: March 29, 2013
As part of a national research project to develop low-cost artificial hands, the Pentagon has released a video of a robot that can change a tire — almost.
In the video, the two-armed robot uses a tool to remove a tire from a car.
“We’re almost at the stage where we can put the the nuts back onto the bolts,” said Gill Pratt, a program manager at the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa.
The goal of the program, now in its third phase, is to develop robots and prosthetic devices for wide use. Until now, high cost as well as limits on dexterity and machine vision have been major obstacles to advanced robotic systems.
Robotic hands that mimic the capabilities of the human hand have cost $10,000 or more, and computer vision systems have worked only in highly structured environments on a very limited set of objects.
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