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iRobot hand gets hit with baseball bat and fares better than yours would

A baseball bat is a long, wooden or aluminum stick. It mashes baseballs and can be a scary projectile when sawed off by big league pitchers.

So when roboticists were developing a new hand for a future cyborg, they figured a baseball bat would be the best way to test its durability. The video below shows the hand is very flexible, soft and seemingly much more human-like than any model before it. Although, I doubt a human hand could perform as well in a similar test. Any volunteers?

-- Matt Monagan /