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Monday, February 27, 2006

914 PC BOTS Community - Home: "Hands, grippers & manipulators
Tuesday, 01 November 2005
Hi, James here and my first 'news' post. I thought I'd revisit robot grippers as I know it came up in the forums a while ago. Hopefully we can start a good discussion thread...

There are various robot hands available on the market that I know of. Firstly the Shadow Dexterous Hand. This is a highly featured product aimed at research institutes and costing over EUR 100,000. It is also powered by compressed air.

Then there's the University of Southampton's Remedi-Hand. This is a lighter electrically powered product aimed at prosthesis. It's a much simpler hand while retaining it's opposable thumb so it can pick up a can of beer (or healthy beans).

There are also various cheaper off the shelf products available. This hand is a future product from Android World. It uses R/C hobby style servos to drive it and each joint is independent.

But does a domestic/office robot even need something this complex?. I remember having one of these toy robot hands as a child, there is also a two fingered 'robot gripper' version available. Would this suffice for a 914 Bot for everyday use?.

And what sort of arm should it be attached to, a fixed 'stick arm', or something a but more flexible like a typical 'industrial robot arm'?. Where would the arm be attached, to the side(s), or on top with a telescopic lifter to reach cupboards or the fridge?

Would you use the arm on a PC Bot for teleoperation?. Having it independently navigate and recognise objects would be a little more tricky but isn't beyond the realms of reality.

What other attachments could the arm have... electric "

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Peter H. Anderson - Embedded Processor Control: "Iraq. New studies indicate the cost or the war at $2,000 billion. This is about $75,000 spent on behalf of every man woman and child in Iraq, $300,000 for a typical Iraqi family. A hefty sum to establish an Islamic Republic.
Its hard to see how anyone in the US can look forward to much Social Security or Medicare. "

Monday, February 06, 2006

Searching for the Person in the Brain - New York Times: "'It's nice to know from this new science that there may be some other way to alter the system' than treating it like a character flaw. "

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Devizes Melting Pot: "'In such a world of conflict, a world of victims and executioners, it is the job of thinking people not to be on the side of the executioners.' - Albert Camus/ 'Too many policemen, no liberty; Too many soldiers, no peace; Too many lawyers, no justice.' Lin Yutang (1895-1976)/When women are depressed they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. -- Elayne Boosler"

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