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Talk to the Hand

22 May 2012

Leading automation technology supplier, Festo, have produced a robot hand that can be controlled remotely from a special glove worn by an operator.

The glove, custom-fitted to the operator, reads the operator’s movements, and transmits them to the robot hand. The robot fingers can also be given additional force, allowing more strenuous operations to be performed. A tactile feedback system transmits force reactions from the robot fingers to the operator’s hand, allowing the user to ‘feel’ what the robot is doing. This sense of touch gives the user far more handling control. The remote hand allows operations in hostile environments, as well as reduced operator fatigue.

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