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Humanoid robots, sooner than you think…

How many uses can you think of for a robotic hand that is dexterous enough to pick up a fragile light bulb without crushing it? I can think of at least five, none of them appropriate for discussing in a public forum. However, a team over at Virginia Tech’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory have designed just such a hand.
Robotic Hand

Pretty cool huh?
This is part of a larger project that plans to implement the first full size walking humanoid robot based entirely on designs done in the US. And what are they going to do with it?
You guessed it. Play Soccer!
robot soccer

There is actually an event called Robocup. It’s held in Singapore.
I know it’s not the cut throat style of Robot Wars. But still you gotta admit, this is pretty amazing stuff. So when do I get my robotic butler?

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