Inventing scientists have a hand in creating lifelike robotics
Two inventors from Bath are on a mission to create the most lifelike robotic hand in the world.
Graham Whiteley and Craig Fletcher, co-directors of engineering company Elumotion, hope their device will eventually have far-reaching applications in both medicine and defence.
From their unit on Wansdyke Business Centre in Oldfield Lane, the duo work on creating robotic components that replicate human and biological motion.
Their complex pieces of engineering already sell for tens of thousands of pounds.
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One day, with further refinement, they hope their inventions will be used as sophisticated prosthetics and in remotely-operated bomb disposal robots. Dr Whiteley and Mr Fletcher met while studying in Sheffield in 1998. Dr Whiteley later moved south to continue his research at the University of Bath.
This month the company is celebrating a milestone with the launch of its latest product, Elu2-Hand. The device – a human-sized dexterous and sensor-rich hand – has the sensitivity to respond appropriately to the external environment.
For now, the device is primarily being used by other scientists with an interest in robotics, but Dr Whiteley and Mr Fletcher are optimistic that with time it will have all manner of uses, from product testing to prosthetics.
The company previously sold a robotic torso to Bristol Robotics Laboratory.