New dexterous robotic hand is capable of learning

May 11, 2016 by Chuck Bednar With all the incredible things that modern technology is capable of, constructing a robotic hand capable of performing a simple act of dexterity such as grasping and using a pencil has remained a challenge – one that experts at the University of Washington may have finally solved. Vikash Kumar, a doctoral student in computer science and engineering at the university, and his colleagues announced this week that they had successfully built a five-fingered robotic hand that can pivot, bend, and perform other feats of in-hand manipulation commonly limited to humans. Furthermore, they said that the hand can sense friction and learn from its own experiences, which means that there is no need for humans to direct the unit. Kumar’s team will present their work at…


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