BarrettHand™ Articles


University of Southern California

Use of tactile feedback to control exploratory movements to characterize object compliance

Humans have been shown to be good at using active touch to perceive subtle differences in compliance. They tend to use highly stereotypical exploratory strategies, such as applying normal force to a surface. We developed similar exploratory and perceptual algorithms for a mechatronic robotic system (Barrett arm/hand system) equipped with liquid-filled, biomimetic tactile sensors(BioTac® from SynTouch LLC).

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Science Nation

Robotic Arms - Rubbing elbows with robotics

Brian Zenowich will sometimes spend his workdays doing a little arm-in-arm dancing. His dance partners manage to stay in step, duplicating his every move almost flawlessly. The "twist" here isn't the type of dance he's doing. It's the fact that Zenowich isn't dancing with humans. He's actually a robotics engineer for Barrett Technologies in Cambridge, Mass., where the company makes robotic arms and hands.

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Embedded Technology

Robotics Offer Newfound Surgical Capabilities

Anyone who has ever worked on a car’s engine or tried to fix a sink knows the frustration of trying to perform precision work in a hard-to-reach place.

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New Scientist

Robots to get their own operating system

A new generation of interactive robots that "learn" from experience are developed around the advanced technolgy of the BarrettHand™.

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Scientific American

Can Robots Be Programmed to Learn from Their Own Experiences?

It took just a few decades for computers to evolve from room-size vacuum tube–based machines that cost as much as a house to cheap chip-powered desktop models with vastly more processing power.

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US National Science Foundation's Newsletter

The Science of Innovation

Barrett Technology's WAM-based robot, Marvin,
using Intel's Electric Field Pretouch robotic grasping technology, with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on stage with Intel CEO Craig Barrett and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at CeBIT'09

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Science Channel

Brink Package: Robots Become Human

Can a robot learn just like a baby does? Scientists at Iowa State University are advancing the field of Developmental Robotics. They have created a robot that is in the infant stages of learning how to learn.

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Wired Magazine

Getting a Grip: Building the Ultimate Robotic Hand

A new generation of interactive robots that "learn" from experience are developed around the advanced technolgy of the BarrettHand™.

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Mass High Tech

Robots To Give a Big Hand To Humans

I've seen the future of robotics. It dwarfs today's robotics market a hundredfold by taking robots out of the secretive dark corners of factories and recasting them as human collaborators in every aspect of daily life.

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Mass High Tech

Robotic Hand Developer Looks To Grab Auto Market

William Townsend was chaperoning his multi-digit robotic hand to Japan in order to install the recently developed tool himself at a buyer's facility.

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Mechanical Engineering

Space-Age Robots Come Down To Earth

Lighter robotic arms and more dextrous hands, originally designed to perform critical tasks in outer space and other hazardous environments, are getting ready to conquer the factory floor.

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