Shadow’s robotic hand uses AI to grip any object

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Shadow’s Dexterous Hand

It’s not easy to build a robot that can compete with that astounding piece of machinery called the human hand.  But the UK company Shadow has a solid contender. And while its robotic hands imitate nature, why keep nature’s limitations? Shadow’s Dexterous Hand “sees” the shape of the object approaching it to help it determine how to hold it. (Video)

 

 

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Severed hand attached to man’s ankle to keep it alive

Xiao Wei recovers in hospital after the amazing surgical procedure.

Surgeons in China have reportedly saved a man’s severed hand by attaching it to his ankle. The amazing surgical procedure was required after Xiao Wei lost his right hand in an industrial accident in November.

 

 

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Scientists Devise Guide To The Perfect Handshake

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Help is here for people who are overcome with nerves when faced with the age-old custom of shaking hands – British scientists have unveiled a step-by-step guide to the perfect handshake. Researchers at the University of Manchester, in northwest England, said on Thursday that the biggest problems were sweaty palms, limp wrists, gripping too hard and lack of eye contact…
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The History of Paper For The Toilet

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Since the dawn of time, people have found nifty ways to clean up after the bathroom act. The most common solution was simply to grab what was at hand: coconuts, shells, snow, moss, hay, leaves, grass, corncobs, sheep’s wool—and, later, thanks to the printing press—newspapers, magazines, and pages of books. The ancient Greeks used clay and stone. The Romans, sponges and salt water. But the idea of a commercial product designed solely to wipe one’s bum? That started about 150 years ago, right here in the U.S.A. In less than a century, Uncle Sam’s marketing genius turned something disposable into something indispensable. 

How Toilet Paper Got on a Roll

The first products designed specifically to wipe one’s nethers were aloe-infused sheets of manila hemp dispensed from Kleenex-like boxes. They were invented in 1857 by a New York entrepreneur named Joseph Gayetty, who claimed his sheets prevented hemorrhoids. Gayetty was so proud of his therapeutic bathroom paper that he had his name printed on each sheet. But his success was limited…
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A Watch That Shoots High Def Video

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For those of you who are dreaming about becoming the next James Bond, you’ll certainly be attracted to JTT’s WACAHD8GB wristwatch. It looks like your average wristwatch, but it it’s able to shoot 1280 x 960 resolution videos at 30fps, and you’ll also be able to take still shots that are just under 8-megapixels. While on paper it seems great, the quality of the images and videos taken show that the pictures have probably been interpolated (or stretched) to fit the resolution mentioned earlier…
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Amazing And Realistic Hand Painting Art By Guido Daniele

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Handy Art at its best!

Body painting is a type of art in which paint is applied to a part of skin. It is considered one of the ancient types of  art. Unlike tattoos, body painting is temporary. Lasting for just few hours or ion some cases a few weeks. Hand painting art is the application of make-up or paint on to the hands to look like any object or mostly to depict animals.

Today’s inspiration comes from an Italian artist Guido Daniele who has specialized in body artwork. His hand painting which he dubs as ‘Handimals‘ is appreciated around the world. 

For your enjoyment, we have a collection of Guido’s hand painting art, check out his amazing creations which look like real animals.

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RAPHaEL: Robotic Hand With A Delicate Touch

RAPHaEL: Robotic Hand With A Delicate Touch

RAPHaEL robotic hand

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (AKA the RoMeLa Project) at the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech has designed and built a prototype robotic hand that is controlled and operated by compressed air. Called RAPHaEL (Robotic Air Powered Hand with Elastic Ligaments), the robot can hold heavier, solid objects, as well as light or delicate ones such as a light bulb or an egg.  (Video after the break)

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Microtool Inspired By Human Hand

Microtool Inspired By Human Hand 

 The gripper closed around tissue.

Using the human hand as a model, scientists at Johns Hopkins University and its medical school have developed a microscopic tool that might one day be used inside the body. The tool, a clawlike gripper less than a millimeter in diameter, could grab cells from tissue for a biopsy, for example.

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Gesture Recognition Computer

Gesture Recognition Computer 

Imagine being able to browse the web, write email and do everything else you need to do without touching your computer. What if it could all be done with a flick of your wrist or the movement of your eyes? Well, researchers at the Virtual and Interactive Simulations of Reality Research Group, at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia just might make that happen for you.

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