Japanese university researchers have built a robotic arm that can mimic the subtle movements of human hands.
Takahiro Nozaki, assistant professor at Keio University, oversaw the effort. His team used precision motor technology to build an arm that can pick up a potato chip with three fingers without breaking it.
In the past, robotic arms needed detailed instructions from computers to make precise movements.
But the research team says all it has to do is manually guide its new arm through a particular motion one time. The arm learns that movement and can then recreate it.
The team says its innovation could be useful in a wide range of situations, including assembly lines and elderly care.
It is already working with more than 10 firms to develop the arm for specific uses. And it wants to commercialize the technology next year.
Source and image: NHK