DARPA wants to build low-cost robots that mimic your hand’s finest movements


What started as a lofty goal is slowly moving closer to reality, as DARPA continues research on low-cost robotic hands capable of accomplishing everyday human tasks. In yet another show of progress, the agency has released a clip of a robot that can remove a car tire, though it hasn’t yet mastered the art of putting it back on. Still, experts are nonetheless enthused that they’ve been able to mimic finer movements of a human hand. Even more important is the breakthrough budget they’re working with.

As The New York Times reports, robots with a similar feature set have traditionally costed upwards of $ 10,000 to produce, but DARPA and its partners believe they can realistically build robotic hands for less than $ 3,000. The Pentagon has…

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