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IIT Madras Develops ‘GraspMan’ – A Robot-equivalent of A Human Hand

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Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras (IIT-Madras) have developed a robot with grasping and locomotion abilities like a human hand that can be used for industrial purposes and in search and rescue operations, the premier institute said on Wednesday.

The multimodal robotic system named ‘GraspMan’ comprises a pair of graspers (machine-equivalent of human hands) that enable it to conform to the geometry of an object being grasped.

“The motivation behind this research is to make a robot, with minimum design for specific tasks, capable of navigating and manipulating across different environments,” Head of the research team Prof Asokan Thondiyath said in a statement here.

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Research scholar Nagamanikandan Govindan, a member of the team, said, “…The combination of locomotion and manipulation gives it an interesting features such as the ability to hold an object and walk, arm-swinging like baboons (brachiation).”

In industrial use, it can climb on pipes, hold them and assemble. Besides, in can aide machines used in
earch-and-rescue operations and locomotory applications, he added. PTI CPB

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