Robot hand creator "hairygael" challenges viewers to "print and build your own" in a YouTube video showing how to make a 3D printed hand. While this isn't quite a DIY type project for most people, it's pretty neat to see the inventor go into so much detail about how this hand was created.
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The video of the robot hand demonstrates how it functions, as well as how it was built. The powerful hand can grasp a ball, screwdriver or drill, and the fingers are controlled by a keyboard or joystick.
The hand creator operates the blog InMoov (also the name of the hand) and notes that you can build this robotic hand with a 3D printer and some building skills.
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It's actually more than just a hand -- the robot looks like a human forearm (the robot version, at least). Weighing about 1.8 pounds, it's formed by a 3D printer called the BFB 3D touch, which looks like this:
On the site DesktopFab, this retails for $3,930 (!).
We've seen things like this in the past. DARPA created a robot hand that can perform 18 different movements. Bots like these can take the place of humans in dangerous situations.
So, tell us, could you make this 3D printed robotic hand? If you have a strong knowledge of how to craft a useful bot, you might be interested in entering DARPA's Robotics Challenge.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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