‘Handmorph’ makes grip smaller to up empathy for kids

A new device called HandMorph can help adults get a taste of what it's like to interact with the world as a child, researchers say.

Robert Mitchum-Chicago • futurity
Nov. 16, 2020 ~6 min

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Robotic hand uses soft touch to grip and grab

A new robotic hand may offer just the right touch for automated packaging, medical applications, and picking fruit.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

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Tiny zaps could steady human hands for robotic surgery

The method could help give surgeons more feedback about how close they are to soft tissue during robot-assisted surgery, researchers say.

Vandana Suresh-Texas A&M • futurity
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Fingertip injuries may be a clue to child abuse

"We found that children who had been coded at some point with physical abuse were more likely to have also been brought in for treatment of a fingertip injury."

Patti Verbanas-Rutgers • futurity
Feb. 13, 2020 ~2 min

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Longer thumbs lead to more smartphone touch errors

When it comes to making errors on your smartphone touchscreen, it's all in the thumbs. But it's length, not thickness, that matters.

Maria Hornbek-Copenhagen • futurity
Feb. 12, 2020 ~4 min

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‘AuraRing’ could let you control games with a flick

The AuraRing system can track hand movements and the user's finger, which could allow finer control over games, smartphones, VR, and more.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Feb. 6, 2020 ~5 min

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Long-fingered aye-ayes have secret ‘thumbs’

Extremely rare lemurs called aye-ayes have long, spidery fingers for spearing grubs. Scientists have just discovered that they have "pseudothumbs," as well.

Tracey Peake-NC State • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~4 min

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Typing speed on mobile is catching up to keyboards

A test of mobile typing speed reveals that the gap between mobile and desktop has narrowed. You can try the texting speed assessment for yourself.

ETH Zurich • futurity
Oct. 7, 2019 ~3 min

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Robotic gripper is gentle enough to handle eggs

A robotic gripper's gentle grasp could make it a safer coworker on an assembly line, say researchers.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Sept. 12, 2019 ~3 min

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‘E-glove’ gives prosthetic hands human touch and warmth

A new e-glove can help people with prosthetic hands feel pressure and temperature, while also giving prostheses the softness and warmth of real skin.

Chris Adam-Purdue • futurity
Sept. 4, 2019 ~3 min

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