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Jimmy the Robot Puppet Holds Things Oh So Gently

by Conner Flynn
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Meet Jimmy, an innocent looking robot from Disney Research. They gave him hands that are basically drumsticks with soft pads. It shouldn’t run wild and harm anyone, since it is a remote operated robot, and not autonomous.

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Jimmy was developed by scientists from Disney Research, the Catholic University of America, and Carnegie Mellon University. Jimmy is pretty good at handling delicate objects like eggs (and smashing them on command). You can check out a few videos of Jimmy in action below.

What is most impressive is that without his rubber paws on, Jimmy can thread a needle faster than most humans can. That is some amazing precision control. Jimmy can also safely interact with humans, touching their faces without breaking their skulls, which is always nice in a robot.

[via Geeks Are Sexy]

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