Don’t you hate it when you leave a perfectly good can of Guinness just lying on the ground somewhere? But leaning over to pick it up is so hard. And poking at it with a stick to roll it home is so inconvenient. There has to be an easier way! And there is, with Yale’s remote-controlled helicopter which has a robotic hand that autonomously grips and balances a boozy payload of up to four and a half pounds.
The hand helicopter can carry objects that weigh up to two kilograms [~4.5 pounds], at speeds reaching 130 kilometers an hour [~80mpg]. The robotic hand, which is made of a flexible plastic, is operated by a single motor that controls four fingers. The simple, lightweight design of the hand also absorbs vibrations when the hand grips an object, letting the helicopter hover stably. [TechnologyReview via NextBigFuture]
They haven’t actually tested it at that top speed yet, although the $3,000 helicopter is supposed to be able to reach that speed. Well, what are you waiting for? That beer isn’t going to fly itself into my stomach for breakfast. I’m a blogger, damn it. If I’m not at least two sheets to the wind by mid-morning the other bloggers are going to make fun of me. Get it together, Yale robot helicopter.