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supernumerary robotic fingers MIT
2014-07-20 05:32:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a wrist-mounted robotic device that could allow people to complete tasks like removing a bottle cap or twisting a screwdriver using a single hand. The unit has been called the “supernumerary robotic fingers” device and according to the developers, it enhances the human hand’s natural grasping motion. It is worn around the wrist and essentially...

Bird Fingers: Understanding Evolution Of Wings In Our Avian Friends
2014-01-08 08:29:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online While birds’ three fingers appear analogous to our own thumb, index and middle fingers, embryonic evidence has shown that the “pinky” side of a bird’s claw develops first, which some theories have said is evidence of the three bird fingers being an index, middle and ring finger. According to a new study published in the Journal of Experimental Zoology, as dinosaurs evolved into birds, they actually lost their pinky and thumb,...

Mobile Music Touch Musical Glove Helps People With Spinal Injuries
2012-07-18 09:05:35

[ Watch the Video ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online People with paralyzing spinal cord injuries (SCI) now have access to a glove created by Georgia Tech researchers.  This glove may improve motor skills and feeling in their hands. The device is called Mobile Music Touch (MMT). The glove, which looks like a workout glove with a small box on the back, is used with a piano keyboard and vibrates a person´s fingers to point out which keys to play. While...

New Robot Finger Out-Senses Humans
2012-06-21 06:38:55

[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com The day dreamed up by Isaac Asimov in his novels has started to unfold, as robots have become one step closer to being better than man at the sense of touch. Researchers with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have developed a robot finger called BioTac that is more sensitive to touch than the human hand, capable of identifying randomly selected material 85 percent of the time. The finger has a fingerprint on its "skin" that...

2012-03-09 08:00:00

A recent invention of Originals By Weber is their new Weber Wrist & Ankle Wraps (Pat. Pend.) They are made to relieve pain and increase the comfort of people with Raynauds Syndrome, Raynauds Disease or Raynauds Phenomenon who constantly have painfully cold hands fingers, feet and toes. The purpose of these new comfort producing Wrist & Ankle Wraps is to keep the blood in the wrists and ankles as warm as possible as it flows into hands, fingers, feet and toes. Can be reused many times....

2012-02-07 15:07:16

Inhibition of neighboring nerve cells determines the reaction speed Each part of the body has its own nerve cell area in the brain —we therefore have a map of our bodies in our heads. The functional significance of these maps is largely unclear. What effects they can have is now shown by RUB neuroscientists through reaction time measurements combined with learning experiments and “computational modeling”. They have been able to demonstrate that inhibitory influences of...

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2011-07-17 06:06:41

Polydactyly is a hereditary anomaly that is relatively common in both humans and animals. Moles also have additional fingers. In their case, however, the irregularity compared to the five-finger formula of land vertebrates is the norm. An international team of researchers headed by paleontologists from the University of Zurich has now uncovered the background to the development of the mole's extra "thumb": A bone develops in the wrist that stretches along the real thumb, giving the paw a...

2011-05-15 00:02:32

A new treatment for a disabling hand condition called Dupuytren's disease can restore the ability to perform everyday tasks. Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 13, 2011 Healthy hands perform countless small tasks, from pouring your morning coffee to brushing your teeth. Now, a new treatment for a disabling hand condition can restore the ability to perform everyday tasks, according to the new edition of the Special Health Report from Harvard Medical School, Hands: Strategies for Strong, Pain-Free...

2011-04-26 00:00:28

A recent invention of Originals By Weber uses a NASA (spin-off) insulation product in their new Weber Wrist & Ankle Wraps (Pat. Pend.). These wraps can relieve pain and increase the comfort of people with Raynaud's Syndrome, Raynaud's Disease or Raynaud's phenomenon who frequently have painfully cold hands fingers, feet and toes. Toms River, NJ (PRWEB) April 25, 2011 A recent invention of Originals By Weber uses a NASA (spin-off) insulation product in their new Weber Wrist & Ankle...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'