DARPA and iRobot Develop More Efficient and Reliable Robotic Hands

DARPAAs per recent reports, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and iRobot have collaboratively developed a three-fingered robot that is capable of picking up a weight of 50 pounds and can operate small set of keys.

The robot is reliable enough to survive after being hit by a baseball bat. The YouTube Channel of DARPA confirms that researchers have not made the hand similar to that of humans to make it easier for the robot to have fluid motion.

Mark Claffee, Principal Robotics Engineer at iRobot, said, "The ARM-H hand is constructed using a variety of methods, including 3D printing, custom plastic and rubber molding, as well as classical machining techniques to construct separate parts of hand".

The device forms the part of DARPA's Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM-H) program, which is aimed at development of low-cost and agile robotic hand hardware.

The hands when made in batches of 1,000 will cost as little as $3,000, said DARPA. It emerged that the hands may be used to help disarm bombs or perform other military activities that involve a risk to life.

Explaining the usefulness of the robotic hands, the researchers said the hands are so good that not only they will help in defense programs but also help people who need prosthetic hands.