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Active Instrumented Object to measure Grasp Control

Major collection: Science & Technology
Object type: robot
Maker: MIT Human & Machine Haptics
Place made: United States, Massachusetts, Cambridge, MIT
Date made: 1994
Measurements: 3 1/4 in x 3 1/2 in x 17 in

This active instrumented object was built at the MIT Touch Lab to investigate the hand's ability to reflexively grasp and control an object against gravity. In the experiments, subjects tried to maintain their pinch grasp on the device as the width between its circular plates suddenly contracted or expanded.