Ultra Fast Reacting Robot Hand Can Catch Anything

May 13, 2014


This is a video of a robotic hand developed at EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne) that can move and adjust itself to catch any object thrown at it in less than five hundredths of a second. "But can it give handjobs?" The Flash, ladies and gentlemen! The only man alive who wants a handjob at the speed of light. Obviously, I won't be tossing this sucker anything but live grenades. Hopefully it can't throw back. You ever have the dream where you drop a live grenade at your feet? "No." What about the one where you're about to have sex but can't get it up? "That is not a dream." NOPE, IT SURE F***ING ISN'T.

Keep going for the video. It can catch a shampoo bottle!

Thanks to Luke, who just laughed when I told him to toss me a beer. Dammit Luke, I was being serious.

  • good news everyone!

    Neat. Note that this requires motion capture cameras (on the wall) and markers on the objects (the small gray balls on the tennis racket and water bottles).

  • madtofu12


  • Looks like a "Dave"

    I wonder if they saw the Big Bang Theory episode where Wolowitz had a robot arm and......uh.... he ended up going to the hospital... uh, ya know, to get it removed from....uh....where it had grabbed him...?

  • o0THX11380o

    but can it catch all the pokemon

  • zin

    Now teach it to throw, give it motility, & market it to dads who hate their sons (is playing catch with your son still a thing?).
    Notice how they never show the it letting go of objects it catches? They might as well have given it a maw instead of a hand. Biting out a trachea is cooler than crushing one with your hand imho.

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  • zin


  • Paperduck

    Anybody noticed the model of the handgun on the computer screen at 1:00? Catching and holding a milk carton my ass..

  • westmclarenmerc

    It was a model of the guy's hand holding the milk carton. But it looks alot like a gun.

  • He's right... it's a hand gun!!!

  • jeffrey jakubowski

    I really want to see it catch something like a throwing ax or juggle a chainsaw, definitely seems capable of it

  • Closet Nerd

    Can it catch a cold?

  • Frédéric Purenne

    From GW's experience, it apparently can catch a cold one but not throw it...

  • Bertw192

    Robot arm reacts to the researcher walking towards it...Grabs him by the throat... Chokes to death... Skynet... Self aware... Yada yada yada... We're human batteries.



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