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November 11, 2006

Need an extra hand?

image of Shadow Robot's shadow hand

OK, bad joke. But if you do need an extra hand, you gotta check out the Shadow Hand, by the UK-based Shadow Robot Company. It's an amazingly sophisticated device, with 24 different degrees of freedom, just like a real human hand. It also has pressure feedback (so the robot hand knows how hard it's squeezing something) and enough sensitivity to pick up a single coin.

And it's just so damn cool to watch in action. The site has several videos.

Can't afford a robot hand? (And believe me, if you have to ask how much this hand costs, you can't afford it). Shadow Robot also sells an individual robotic finger, as well as the very cleverly designed (and quite inexpensive) air-powered muscles that drive the devices.

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Posted by Chris Spurgeon at November 11, 2006 05:17 PM

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