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DARPA to develop multi-purpose hand

October 21, 2010

UPDATE: Read IEEE interview with DARPA’s Dr. Robert Mandelbaum where, when asked whether there would be a trickle down effect into civilian applications, he said: “It won’t just trickle down—it will be a flood! The commercial applications will be all over the place.”
DARPA has chosen lead vendors for a research project to develop a multiple-purpose hand, actually two hands working together.  Project completion is mid-2014.  Imagine a robot opening the zipper of a duffle and riffling through to find a specific object.  Or picking up oddly shaped objects with both arms for search and rescue. 
  – Barrett Technology will develop and provide the hardware portion of the project.
  – RE Squared will provide integration services for the Barrett hardware with additional sensors and a mobile platform.

Frank Tobe
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Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report, and is also a panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.

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