This is how these robotic fingers work that allow you to interact with insects

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These robotic fingers for manipulating tiny insects have utility with all kinds of microscopic objects, and even in virtual reality applications

This is how these robotic fingers work

They create robotic fingers to manipulate insects. (photo: Insectomania)

Scientists at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan have developed robotic microfingers that allow for better interaction between humans and insects. The purpose of the research is to learn more about these tiny inhabitants of the world and to move towards a deeper understanding of even tinier living beings, such as bacteria.

Professor Konishi, who leads the project, he mentioned: “a tactile microfinger is achieved using a flexible liquid metal tension sensor. A soft pneumatic actuator acts like an artificial muscle, allowing the sensor to be controlled and moved like a finger.”

“With a robotic glove, a human user can directly control the microfingers. This type of system allows safe interaction with insects and other microscopic objects,” he adds.

This is how robotic fingers work and what they are for

This invention proposes a smoother interaction between human fingers and bugs. They are just 0.47 inches long and 0.12 inches wide, and include sensors with sections that inflate to provide just the right force to touch insects without hurting them.

How does it work? A human operator controls this device with a robotic glove, as can be seen in the image below these lines.

This is how these robotic fingers work that allow them to interact with insects

Robotic fingers to manipulate insects. (Photo: Ritsumeikan University)

In tests, Japanese university scientists used microfingers to measure a mealybug's force and reaction, both on its legs and torso. With this method, they were able to verify the degree of thrust of this insect, with figures that science had not directly verified until now.

In addition to studying insects, the researchers expect this device to be useful for other types of microscale interactions. To do this, they would add augmented reality lenses, which when interacting with the robotic glove would offer a clearer view of study objects, however tiny they may be.

In fact, he hopes that this development is potentially useful for doctors and researchers to interact directly with viruses and bacteria.

This is how these robotic fingers work.

Robotic fingers to manipulate insects. (Photo: Ritsumeikan University)

Following the review of the Engadget site, the challenge is to translate this discovery into a product that can be used on a larger scale. The robotic glove that can be seen in the images disclosed in a conceptual and representative model, warned the scientists involved in this initiative.

They hope to carry out new tests so that this device is ready for a mass production. “Our studies will lead to a better assessment of small living beings, as well as the development of technology for the interaction between humans and the environment,” the specialists noted in a paper published in the journal Nature.

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The robot was made by researchers at the Chinese University Hong Kong, who mixed strong neodymium magnets with borax, a common detergent. An encapsulated silicon compound ensures that the substance is non-toxic to the human body.

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