Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tiniest of Robot Claws

Beware of this robotic claw clutching to a hair of yours in the days of the apocalyptic robot uprising - might just tickle you to death.
It's a mere approximately 1 mm in fist diameter of deadliness ...

The teeny-weeny robot-hand was developed by Prof. Chang-Jin "CJ" Kim's Micromanufacturing Laboratory at UCLA and "... has four fingers built of miniscule silicon segments and polymer-balloon joints, giving the hand a firm but gentle grip ... The hand opens and closes when the balloons in the joints are inflated and deflated. Because it is built of inert materials and is pneumatically rather than electrically operated, the microhand works well in air or liquid ..."

Yen-Wen Lu and Chang-Jin Kim published an article about the mini-hand in Applied Physics Letters' latest issue.

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