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4th September 2014

7 fingers are better than 5, right?

Opening a jar, tying your shoe, stirring coffee. Everyday tasks. More precisely, everyday two-handed tasks. Right? Not for long.

MIT’s geniuses came up with a robot “glove”, which can be attached to the hand and adds an extra 2 fingers on the side. Right now it looks a bit odd and hulking, but researchers say it can be reduced to one-third of the prototype size. “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 Harry Asada, Professor of Engineering in MIT.


For those without the use of their fingers, a hand, or an arm, this could mean making daily tasks less of a hassle. And who knows, it may even find its way into the surgery room like Google Glass has.

What’s great is that the robotic fingers are in perfect sync with the natural ones, which means that if you try to grab something they will follow the motion intuitively, there’s no need for special programming or remote control, it just kind of…happens.

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Photo Credit:Melanie Gonick, MIT