Making Robots Mimic the Human Hand

As part of a national research project to develop low-cost artificial hands, the Pentagon has released a video of a robot that can change a tire — almost.

 In the video, the two-armed robot uses a tool to remove a tire from a car.
“We’re almost at the stage where we can put the the nuts back onto the bolts,” said Gill Pratt, a program manager at the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or Darpa..
 It has selected the National Robotics Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Southern California to continue development of high-level software for the next generation of robot arms.