Medicine is amazing but sometimes it can look like the darkest corners of Stephen King's brain. This is exactly the case: Chinese doctors saved a man's severed hand by attaching it to his ankle, creating some impossible anatomy in the process.
Okay, so you know your hand? Five fingers. Assorted grasping and carrying shenanigans. Right. So it turns out that your brain is constantly using sensory information to check in and make sure it still knows what's your hand and what's not. And it can be fooled.
Robots aren't known for their gentle touch and thoughtful caress, but that could all be about to change. A team of engineers has developed a robotic finger that's capable of detecting textures—and it's more sensitive than a human hand.
For some people, weather means nothing; they have to get outside and into nature no matter what. Here's the thing, though: without the right gear, they will die out there. Here's some of the sweetest cold-weather camp gear around.
Some folks can't embrace this digital world. They cling to snail mail and painstakingly write letters that most netizens don't have the attention span to read, never mind respond. Don't ignore these dinosaurs, use Snail Mail My Email instead.
I'd rather have a hook if I lost my hand in some sort of freak accident, but realize that's not exactly conducive to typing. Rather than chucking in the tech-blogging for piracy, Mark Stark's prosthetic hand is a worthy alternative.
There's something that's oddly hypnotic about watching this hand-cranked machine slice, drop and catch these small spherical rare earth magnets one at a time. The little 5mm ball magnets start out as a connected string, and are continuously fed through the contraption in a loop. As the video goes on, you get to see…
Don't lob this grenade, whatever you do—unless you're attempting insurance fraud and actually want your house burned down. Perfectly rounded, filled with oil, and then lit up. What could go wrong? Learn how to make one here: [Instructables]
I wish I was so rich I could justify buying this NASA Omni-Hand I off eBay. Not only is it the first motorized dexterous robotic hand, it even comes with space gloves. Space gloves! Yours for $18,750.
This sushi-making robot, along with the Okonomiyaki robot and the omelet robot, aren't new, but they are featured in this NYT story about chef robots to get you up to speed on machine-prepared cuisine.
Like solar-powered air conditioners, this solar hand fan makes a lot of sense. Well, save for the part where you have to fan yourself.
Not only is this artificial hand incredibly versatile, but it's based upon extremely simple mechanics.
When I think shooting stuff, I think Clint Eastwood, a guy who would never carry the Wii Zapper into a room full of zombies. But he'd love the Overkill Hand Cannon, punks.
Much of my kitchen is filled with hand-sewn potholders in which you can see the details down to the thread. But in the digital age, we prefer to see things down to the pixel.
Robotic hands and arms may be getting more sophisticated, but they don't really rival what we think C3-PO would have poking out of his torso. That is until now: an European science team have been busy creating the Sensopac robotic limb, and it's arguably the most human-like robotic limb yet. And partly that's because…
Microsoft continues their quest to bring Minority Report to life with a recently published patent for a wearable mouse from 2006. Now you too can wave your hands around like Tom Cruise—jumping optional—to control the cursor on your computer screen. The mouse is placed around the palm and activated by making a fist.…