The folks over at Virginia Tech have created a robot hand that can type anything you say. Called the DART (dexterous anthropomorphic robotic typing hand), it has been designed after hours and days spent studying the human hand to see how joints and muscles work. The DART emulates 19 muscles that give the 23 degrees of freedom in the human hand, which allows it to type on a keyboard. Targeted at the elderly and people who have trouble typing, it relies on voice commands to instruct it on what to type. There’s still room for improvement, especially in the speed of the hand, but from what we’ve seen so far it looks pretty good. Hit the break to watch a video of the DART in action:

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