MIT researchers give us the finger (two of them)

MIT engineers have developed a pair of robotic fingers that are worn around your wrist to enhance your own grasp.The fingers are controlled by your own fingers via a new control algorithm.

"We could make this into a watch or a bracelet where the fingers pop up, and when the job is done, they come back into the watch," says researcher Harry Asada. "Wearable robots are a way to bring the robot closer to our daily life."

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  1. I'm not sure that it's quite ready to throw the queen alien out the airlock; but I understand that R&D is an iterative process...

  2. I doubt I could ever use something like that. I have this fear from my childhood that if I had a sixth finger, I'd be relentlessly pursued by a Spaniard who insisted I killed his father.

  3. If you watch 'til the end, they remind you that some people only have one hand.

  4. Ummmmm...

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