Youbionic has proved that augmented reality need not only be virtual, but that it can also be robotic, with the unveiling of its latest gadget: a highly unusual, two-handed prosthetic that effectively doubles the capabilities of the human hand. As with previous creations from this firm, the robotic apendage is also produced on a 3D printer.
Control of the hands is conducted with the use of both the index and anular (ring) fingers and their contact with an intricate system of sensors. The ‘wrists’ of these hands are made-up of a mounting plate which is, in turn, attached to a user’s wrists by a pair of adjustable straps. With the movement of the user’s aforementioned fingers, a team of six Actuonix actuators, perform the duties of opening and closing the grasp of the hands.
While this invention may first appear to be something of a revolution, with a multitude of potential uses, it is not readily clear how practical its use may be, unless YouBionic plan to release more informative insight in the future. Initial indications, illustrated in the below video, appear to show a limited array of options, with only full hand grasp and pinch options available. With the movement of one, sensor-attached finger, both hands simultaneously respond. However, it may simpy be early days, and more may be yet to come in terms of what a user may be able to customise within the Arduino micro-controllers that enable these hands’ abilities.
So, it is possible that, on the surface of things, these hands could grip and hold only a few, similarly-shaped objects, and with a suggested price-tag of some 1,000 dollars plus, may find itself short of willing buyers – Unless those buyers are dead-set on furthering their desire to become that futuristic human at any cost!