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Jeff Bezos tries out some giant robotic hands
By T.K. Randall
June 7, 2019 · 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
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