A new robotic device could make simple, everyday tasks — such as peeling a banana or unscrewing the cap from a water bottle — even easier.
Developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the “supernumerary robotic fingers” device is a wrist-mounted robot equipped with two long digits. A specially designed algorithm controls the digits, enabling them to move in sync with the wearer’s real fingers.
“This is a completely intuitive and natural way to move your robotic fingers,” Harry Asada, a professor of engineering at MIT, said in a statement. “You do not need to command the robot but simply move your fingers naturally. Then the robotic fingers react and assist your fingers.