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Japanese Develop Remote Hand-Shaking Robot

March 28, 2012 | Hogan Keyser
robot_remote_hand.jpgMarch 27, 2012 via -- With improvements in connectivity and video cameras, teleconferencing solutions have improved dramatically in just the past decade. And while there have been some attempts to create telepresence robots that let you interact with people at remote locations, it's still not quite the same as being there. Now, a team in Japan is working on a robot which will let you shake the hand of people via teleconference.

Developed by a research team at Osaka University, this robot hand not only feels like a human hand thanks to a silicone rubber and sponge covering, but is capable of transmitting the grip force, body temperature and touch of a remote operator. The robot hand can even reproduce the warmth of an an actual human hand.

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