Meet Hank — the robot with humanlike fingers

All the robots you’ve ever seen, never seem to have working fingers.

That was until now.

“Hank…can emulate the human ability to hold and grip delicate objects”

Cambridge Consultants

Product development firm, Cambridge Consultants have created Hank, a robot with humanlike fingers, which are remarkably dexterous. Hank can literally pick up a pin or a bunch of grapes for that matter with effortless ease.

“Through a new sensory system embedded in pneumatic fingers, Hank has a sophisticated sense of touch and slip, meaning it can emulate the human ability to hold and grip delicate objects using just the right amount of pressure,” said Cambridge Consultants.

Hank: The dexterous robot developed by Cambridge Consultants gently picking up a fruit (Source: cambridgeconsultants.com)

Most utility robots tend to have awkward, pincer-like appendages that just don’t look cool — think those Daleks in Doctor Who.

Yes, Honda’s Asimo is way ahead in the game and its hand functions are impressive but nothing like this.

Honda’s Asimo using Japanese sign language during a news conference near Tokyo (Source: iol.co.za)

Hank has a sensory system powered by airflows that gives it…well, really what can best be described as a fully functioning hand.

“Hank’s fingers could bring new efficiencies to giant distribution centres”

Cambridge Consultants, Logistics Commercial Lead, Bruce Ackman

“Hank’s world-leading sensory system is a game-changer for the logistics industry, making actions such as robotic bin picking and end-to-end automated order fulfilment possible.

Hank: The dexterous robot with the human touch picking up grapes (Source: cambridgeconsultants.com)

“Adding a sense of touch and slip, generated by a single, low-cost sensor, means that Hank’s fingers could bring new efficiencies to giant distribution centres,” said Cambridge Consultants, Logistics Commercial Lead, Bruce Ackman.