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"Why does a creative person create? It's a type of compulsion. I like to explore new ideas."
- Bart Kosko

Robotic Hand  
  A dexterous manipulator for robots.  

When designing Flexible Frank, the all-purpose robot, great attention was paid to the manipulators provided to the robot.

But to do the multitude of things I wanted him to do, he had to have hands, eyes, ears, and a brain... a good enough brain.

Hands I could order from the atomics-engineering equipment companies who supplied Hired Girl's hands, only this time I would want the best, with wide-range servos and with the delicate feedback required for microanalysis manipulations and for weighing radioactive isotopes...

The ears I could buy from any of a dozen radio-TV houses - though I might have to do some circuit designing to have his hands controlled simultaneously by sight, sound, and touch feedback the way the human hand is controlled.

From The Door Into Summer, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by Unknown in 1956
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