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Jeff Bezos Tries Waldoes (Robotic Hands)

A the re:MARS robotics conference, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos tried some remote controlling robotic hands.


Shadow Robot specializes in building dexterous robotic hands and has partnered with OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence research organization cofounded by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. HaptX develops technology to give people the sensation of touch for remotely operated robotics, as well as virtual reality. SynTouch is developing robots with a sense of touch.

A HaptX spokesman told Business Insider the gloves relayed the feeling of touch using 130 tactile "actuators," inflating and deflating up to 2 millimeters to simulate touch. He added that the gloves have an "exoskeleton" outside the fingers to simulate resistive force.

The idea for this exhibit comes from Robert Heinlein's 1942 novella Waldo, which appeared with this illustration in Astounding Science Fiction:

Waldo put his arms into the primary pair before him; all three pairs, including the secondary pair before the machine, came to life. Waldo flexed and extended his fingers gently; the two pairs of waldoes in the screen followed in exact, simultaneous parallelism.


(Waldoes worn by Waldo from 'Waldo' by Robert Heinlein)


(Read more about Robert Heinlein's waldoes)

Via Business Insider.

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