White finger, sometimes also termed dead finger, is one of the dangers of vibration based haptic immersion over an extended period of time. It derives its name from the colour the body part initially turns on the onset of this condition. It is caused by a loss of blood flow by prolonged exposure to vibration, the same as experienced with heavy machinery, and despite the name, it can occur on any part of the body.
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The X-finger currently retails for $10,000 US$ each piece, and does not rely on any form of robotics to articulate. It fits over the stub of an amputated finger, and the wearer simply pushes against a lever with the remaining portion of their finger, which sets the knuckles into motion.
The movement of the natural body when it comes to in depth, detailed tasks that require lots of little finger movements, is it seems, something which is defined as much by the tasks before and after the one the fingers are doing, as it is by the task the fingers are doing right now. This is a real problem when it comes to figuring out how to replicate natural-looking finger movements.
In May 2009, the Ishikawa Komuro Lab in Japan, demonstrated the capabilities that robotic manipulation of objects had reached. They had created a three-finger robot arm, with tactile sensors on its fingers, with each finger capable of independent 180 x 180 x 360 motion. All three were connected to a high-speed machine vision camera.
The first of the Ahra series of robots was produced by KIST - the Korean Institute of Science and Technology - in 2005. This robot was identical in weight, height and body shape to the Mahru robots the institute also develops. However, there were some differences. Ahra's body was coloured orange and white instead of the blue and white of the Mahru series.
Details of the first official US Government conference to address avatars in a virtual reality on an equal footing to physically present guests.
Fluidhand is a product of the Orthopaedic University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. It is the first complete hand prosthesis in which each finger moves separately, without being a separate unit.
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The Wii Balance Board is literally as it sounds. It is a small, white board you stand upon, with internal pressure pads in formation, to detect any slight changes in weight as your posture changes on top of it.
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Smartphone and tablet computer owners have become adept at using finger taps, flicks and drags to control their touchscreens. But Carnegie Mellon University researchers have found that this interaction can be enhanced by taking greater adva...
Sagem S?curit? and Hitachi, the engineering and information technology giant will unveil the first ever multi-modal finger vein and fingerprint device at Biometrics 2009 in London, Finger VP.
This new device combines Hitachi...
There's a new application for Apple's iPhone and it comes from the White House of President Barack Obama.
"The White House App delivers dynamic content from WhiteHouse.gov to the palm of your hand," White House blogger Da...
A prototyped capacitive touch panel was demonstrated by Mitsubishi Electric Corp at the Interaction 2009 in Tokyo, Japan. The 3D touch panel can detect not only x- and y- coordinates but also its z- coordinates by detecting the distance bet...
Why are the latest touch-screen devices often larger than the push-button gadgets they replace? It has long been assumed the culprit is the so-called "fat finger" problem ? when touch targets are packed too close together, a fingertip may...