Mechanical engineer Ryan Sochol and his team of researchers at the University of Maryland have built an incredibly dexterous robotic hand. In fact, the 3D-printed hand is so sophisticated and agile that it was able to beat the first level of Super Mario Bros.
The soft, three-fingered robot is capable of handling a Nintendo controller, manipulating its buttons and directional pad in the same manner that a human would. The key to achieving this innovation was Sochol's invested interest in soft robotics. In addition to the hand, Sochol has also designed two soft robotic turtles using the same 3D-printing technology.
No doubt, this high-functioning robotic hand presents exciting news for the world of science and robotic engineering, particularly for those researchers seeking out innovative solutions for prosthetic limb design.
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