Robots can now pick up eggs

June 26, 2007

clipped from www.physorg.com

A Japanese robot maker on Tuesday unveiled what it called the world’s first prototype of an artificial hand with “air muscles” that can do even delicate work like picking up a raw egg.

Squse, a Kyoto-based robot and factory automation manufacturer, said it has developed a 400-gramme (14 ounce) hand with five human-sized fingers with artificial fibres that can be controlled by air pressure.
“So far, robots have an image of helping people do heavy lifting, but we aim at delicate work as a human hand can do,” company president Mikio Shimizu said.
During a demonstration, the prototype hand grasped a pen and picked up a raw egg without breaking it.
“Compared to motor-driven ones, air muscle hands are extremely light and less noisy,” Yokoi said, adding that they may be in practical use in about five years’ time.
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