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Video: Flexible Robot Hands Get Cheaper
9/21/2012

Sandia National Laboratories has created a low-cost, highly dexterous robotic hand to aid soldiers in disarming improvised explosive devices. (Source: Randy Montoya/Sandia National Labs)
Sandia National Laboratories has created a low-cost, highly dexterous robotic hand
to aid soldiers in disarming improvised explosive devices.
(Source: Randy Montoya/Sandia National Labs)

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naperlou
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What is different
naperlou   9/21/2012 10:37:03 AM
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Ann, you talk about cost of most robotic hands being $10K and this one being $800.  I wonder, what is the difference?  Are those hands fully autonomous, or is it something else?  Don't get me wrong, this is a very interesting and seemingly useful development.  It is always interesting to know what was done differently to get this much cost advantage.

Beth Stackpole
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Making progress
Beth Stackpole   9/21/2012 7:43:38 AM
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Definitely looks like we're heading into some serious improvements in terms of the dexterity and flexibility of robotic hand movements. All good for those tasks that require precision and fluidity of movement. I'm stuck on the discussion about the "fingers" breaking, however. As these robots are built and marketed to be more human-like, those human-like descriptions become interchangeable and in cases like this, is can be jarring!

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