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Getting Robots To Pick Things Up Is Actually Really Hard

Our hands are a pretty major feat of evolution (opposable thumbs! dexterity!), and it's hard to artificially replicate everything they can do. Especially when it comes to super fine motor skills like picking up very flat, thin or small objects. As part of DARPA's ARM program, iRobot and collaborators at Harvard and Yale are working on versatile robot "hands" that can bear significant weight while also producing subtler gestures. Read More >>

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This Automated Poop Scooper Picks Up Your Pet’s Piles

I dislike picking up my dog's droppings almost as much as stepping in them. However, a fleet of these automated scoopers could one day safeguard my shoe soles from dog droppings without reducing me to picking up poop. Read More >>