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betajet
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Re: Enhancing usability with a 10 digit hand
betajet   7/23/2014 4:02:27 PM
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Thanks!  Actually, I just found the "Tremolo" drawing today while I was looking for this one by the same artist:



I saw this drawing in an undergrad history class, which was the first time I'd heard of Gottschalk.  However, I think "Tremolo" fits the thread better :-)

DrQuine
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Re: Enhancing usability with a 10 digit hand
DrQuine   7/23/2014 3:41:46 PM
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@betajet This image is a beauty. You must have been holding it for a long time waiting for the day that this blog would present the perfect opportunity to post it.

betajet
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Re: Enhancing usability with a 10 digit hand
betajet   7/23/2014 2:35:31 PM
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Great idea!  Maybe it would be able to play music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk!



Louis Moreau Gottschalk playing his composition "Tremolo", by Henrique Fleiuss, Semana Illustrada, Rio de Janeiro, 04/07/1869.

R_Colin_Johnson
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Re: Enhancing usability with a 10 digit hand
R_Colin_Johnson   7/23/2014 1:50:46 PM
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10-digits on one hand--the possibilities are endless--lots of innoations to keep the robotic community busy.

DrQuine
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Enhancing usability with a 10 digit hand
DrQuine   7/23/2014 12:18:37 PM
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I suspect the "hand" could be made more usable and easier to control by a human being if there were 10 digits on one "hand". That way, two human hands could be used as the controllers and there would be no need to relearn manual dexterity. (Since all the digits are connected to a single wrist, it might "feel" like using two hands connected with handcuffs). A separate second "hand" on the robot could be used when working on large objects that required the two hands to be separated. If the 5 spare digits on each robot hand were retracted, they could be operated by two human hands in the separated mode. Obviously autonomous robots wouldn't be constrained by the desirability of mapping to the human handler.

mat_john
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Re: Touch/force recognition
mat_john   7/23/2014 12:11:45 AM
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Are there systems which decipher 'how' and 'what for' we touch than just 'if' we touch ? The system should recognize what we are doing with the hands and then assist doing it.

R_Colin_Johnson
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Re: Tie Knots?
R_Colin_Johnson   7/22/2014 3:19:18 PM
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Those tasks are way down the road. Today a robot can't even put in a screw because it can feel when the treads are engaged!

kfield
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Tie Knots?
kfield   7/22/2014 2:31:39 PM
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I wonder if this robot could tie a shoe or button a shirt?

R_Colin_Johnson
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Re: Touch/force recognition
R_Colin_Johnson   7/22/2014 2:16:23 PM
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I think to myself--if only I had a few more arms--everytime I carry the groceries in from the car!

R_Colin_Johnson
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Re: Touch/force recognition
R_Colin_Johnson   7/22/2014 2:15:21 PM
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Yes "touch recognition"--officially called haptic feedback--is an active area of research worldwide. In fact, I have heard rumors that the iPhone 6 will have haptic feedback when you touch certain parts of the screen.

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