malachiorion writes: Cornell, MIT and iRobot have all shown off so-called jamming manipulators, rubbery blobs that grip objects by deforming around them. But with the first commercially available version shipping to industrial and manufacturing customers, Cornell spinoff Empire Robotics has a new market in mind: Prosthetics. While impossibly expensive, neuro-controlled bionic hands continue to be a fantasy for most amputees, jamming manipulators could do the job. My post for Popular Science about the merits of a low-tech, self-gripping stump, that could be powered by hooking up to an air compressor.
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