A group of forward-looking scientists and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed highly innovative tri-fingered robotic hands that open up new possibilities in the field of robotics. These robotic hands are equipped with a number of fully built-in optical detectors that function as adjunct sensors.
What's interesting about this innovation is that it marks a significant departure from classic robotic design, in that robots are usually anthropomorphized by being given hands, fingers, feet, toes, eyes in their heads and so on. But just because this is how humans look doesn't necessarily mean it's the best design for robots.
With this simple but very meaningful change in the design of the robotic hands, the scientists have managed to open up whole new possibilities for the functioning and applications of robots.