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Just think of all the possible uses of a flying robotic hand. (Read the complete story)

"reminds me of the Prowler 1000 droid from Star Wars: "
( 8/29/2010 7:21:41 PM)
"Thanks - here's the picture:

(Bill Christensen 8/29/2010 7:56:13 PM)

"Flight speeds of nearly 80 mph? Dang, that's fast, especially for a helicopter that small!"
(Dewtey 8/30/2010 6:58:32 AM)
"You're right, that does sound too speedy, particularly when fully loaded. I'll ask the same question at the source site. In the meantime, check out this descriptive paper from the GRAB Lab - Hovering Ability of Helicopters with Elastic Constraints.

After all, how often do you run across the word syndactylic,referring to the fact that the robotic hand's fingers are fused together?"
(Bill Christensen 8/30/2010 11:15:48 AM)

"The author of the Technology Review post confirmed that the helicopter (which I regrettably [and unintentionally] demeaned as a 'toy') would indeed go that fast.

"The researchers confirmed that 130 km/hr is the helicopter spec (measured by radar gun), though they themselves have not tried to fly it that quickly.

They also add that it's not correct to think of it as a toy helicopter, despite its size. At around $3,000, the helicopter has a powerful rotor that would cause serious injury if someone came in contact with it.""
(Bill Christensen 8/30/2010 5:33:17 PM)

"What could this be used for?"
(burt 9/3/2010 1:32:43 PM)
"Burt, on the GRAB lab website, they say that it could be used for "object retrieval, highspeed courier services, intelligence gathering, and explosives disposal.""
(Bill Christensen 9/3/2010 1:38:02 PM)
"Grab one of them IEDs or landmines in Iraq and Afganistan and fly them a safe distance away before setting them off. You'd prolly want to get the GRAB away from it too (although $3000 might be considered disposable by army standards). "
( 9/5/2010 12:59:02 AM)
"That is exactly the use (or one of the uses) that the designers of the Yale Aerial Manipulator have in mind!"
(Bill Christensen 9/5/2010 2:42:23 PM)

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