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Jeff Bezos tries out some giant robotic hands

By T.K. Randall
June 7, 2019 · Comment icon 4 comments



The technology should be commercially available within a decade. Image Credit: Alan Boyle / Twitter
A clip from Amazon's recent robotics conference shows the company's CEO trying out an impressive invention.
In virtual reality it is possible to use motion controllers to move and manipulate a pair of virtual hands as if they were your own, but with this pair of huge remote-operated mechanical hands, it will soon be possible to remotely move and manipulate objects in the real world as well.

The giant robotic hands were recently tested out at Amazon's re:MARS conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday by none other than the company's founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

Developed by companies Shadow Robot and HaptX, the hands can be controlled by a user wearing a pair of special robotic gloves that map the movements directly on to their larger counterparts.
In the footage, Bezos can be seen picking up a ball and placing it in to someone else's hand.

He described the experience as "really tremendous" and said that using them felt "weirdly natural."

He drew the line at attempting to solve a Rubik's Cube with them, however.



Source: Business Insider | Comments (4)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Silver Surfer 4 years ago
Let's be honest...  bezos will only be making extra small robotic hands so he can finally use something other than tweezers.
Comment icon #2 Posted by HawkLord 4 years ago
That is so freaking cool. We just need to advance the tech a bit more.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Sabbath 4 years ago
But in all seriousness, that's really awesome.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Stiff 4 years ago
Pah. Old hat.  


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