The hand is powered by hydraulics, just like heavy construction equipment, instead of electricity, as is the case in most robot hands.
The developers expect the device to be used for such purposes as moving heavy debris at the scene of a fire. It can be used remotely through a special glove worn by the operator.
Professor Kenzo Nonami and other researchers at Chiba University’s Faculty of Engineering helped devise the robot hand.
The developers now plan to improve the device’s manipulation functions to decrease the time lag between the movements of the operator’s hand and the robot’s.
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