Nature has often been a source of inspiration in film and literature, but more recently, engineers have gotten into the natural trend, designing robots inspired by wildlife. This development demonstrates how our surrounding environment can influence human innovation and strengthens the interaction between humans and machines.
Festo’s ExoHand is a solution for future human-machine cooperation, as the exoskeleton can be worn like a glove and the operator’s hand movements are registered and transmitted to it in real time. This invention can simulate all the major movements of a human hand — even the fingers can be actively moved. It was designed for use in industrial environments based on soft robotics and to function as an assistance system for the elderly. Image: Festo