It has been a few months since my last post. I briefly considered feeling bad about it and apologizing for my absence, but it would be insincere. I haven’t really felt like writing and it has been a busy few months.
But, exciting advancements in the development of the future master race and our one-day slaver overlords have brought me up out of the basement to scream apocalyptic prophecy. Ok, I am still in the basement. It’s dark and quiet here; the voices can’t find me. (I will let you ponder if I am actually crazy or just messin’ around)
This, however, is too awesome to ignore.
If you follow my tweets, technology or live on the planet’s surface you have likely already heard about this. It is likely the most advanced robotic human hand ever constructed.
How often do you look at your hand, open and close it, rotate your wrist and marvel at the complexity? If you haven’t before, do it now and come back impressed. Our hands are the most intricate parts of our body and the most difficult to duplicate. Rightly so. The range of motion and dexterity we possess in those appendages are given credit by some branches of science for the evolution of our species.
For decades we have been working at replicating the dynamics of the human hand. It has not been an easy task. The hand is notoriously hard to duplicate (gamers know this well). One of the earliest robotic hands was developed in the 1960s. Since then variations have grown more complex. Robotic hands are employed for tasks as laborious as moving objects from one place to another to as delicate as performing surgery.
What makes this hand so unique and groundbreaking is its durability. Other designs, equally as impressive in range of movement and manipulation, are more fragile.
This newest design has the potential to greatly advance service robotics. Combined with developments in Artificial Intelligence and humanoid worker robots have moved a step closer. Well, that is unless they decide they’d rather we do the work while they sip gastinis.