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Consider how you use your hands when you’re in a restaurant using a variety of silverware and glassware or at home at night pressing buttons on your TV remote control. All of these abilities rely on touch, whether you’re selecting an item from the menu or watching TV. Our hands and fingers are highly sensitive and highly skilled machines. Robotics experts have long sought to imbue robot hands with “true” dexterity, but the endeavor has been frustratingly elusive. More dexterous operations like assembly, insertion, reorientation, packaging, etc. have remained the domain of human handling. Robot grippers and suction cups can pick and position goods. However, driven by improvements in processing methods for machine learning and sensor technology.

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