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David over at Boing-Boing spotted this jaw-dropping video of an experimental robot arm doing things that scare the bejeesus out of me. David writes:

Researchers from the Ishikawa Komuro Laboratory at the University of Tokyo presented this incredible video of a high-speed robotic hand at the 2009 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. The laboratory’s Web site has many more videos related to this project, called Sensor Fusion. Sensor Fusion: High Speed Robots

For my money, the most impressive stuff is around 2:22, near the end.

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I write for MAKE, serve as Technical Editor for MAKE magazine, and develop original DIY content for Make: Projects.


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  1. Travis says:

    There has been an interesting comments thread over on Hizook, the site that uploaded the video: http://www.hizook.com/blog/2009/08/03/high-speed-robot-hand-demonstrates-dexterity-and-skillful-manipulation

  2. Guy Vardaman says:

    Amazing. We don’t have a chance! LOL.
    Seriously, I wonder what the power source and computational array for that look like, is it a room or computers and A/C power?
    Could this be adapted to a prosthetic?
    Just jaw-dropping to the point of seeming fake.
    Again, wow.

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