Impressive technology. It's amazing how complex the assembly is and also how it integrates eight pneumatic actuators plus sensing technology. Would be interested to know how this technology is being deployed.
Ann, this sounds like the begining of an Iron Man. Actually it is very cool. I was also struck by the number of research projects you mention at the end of the article that are based on the gripping approach of natural systems. This is an interesting field of research, as is haptics itself.
Altair has released an update of its HyperWorks computer-aided engineering simulation suite that includes new features focusing on four key areas of product design: performance optimization, lightweight design, lead-time reduction, and new technologies.
At IMTS last week, Stratasys introduced two new multi-materials PolyJet 3D printers, plus a new UV-resistant material for its FDM production 3D printers. They can be used in making jigs and fixtures, as well as prototypes and small runs of production parts.
In a line of ultra-futuristic projects, DARPA is developing a brain microchip that will help heal the bodies and minds of soldiers. A final product is far off, but preliminary chips are already being tested.
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