I recently attended the ICRA 2013 conference in Karlsruhe, Germany. A few highlights are below:
My paper, Finding Small, Versatile Sets of Human Grasps to Span Common Objects, was a finalist for Best Manipulation Paper. I didn’t win, but they still gave me a nice certificate:
I also got to help out with the OpenHand workshop, led by Raymond Ma and Lael Odhner. It was fun to teach a bunch of people about how our lab’s underactuated hands work, and how they can be fabricated.
Pouring rubber materials for the flexure joints (PMC-780) and fingerpads (Vytaflex 30). We use simple two part urethanes that are very easy to use. These particular ones even work okay without vacuum degassing.
Here, two of our workshop participants are using single-finger text fixtures to demonstrate the actuation of each finger, since we didn’t have enough supplies for everyone to assemble a full hand.
This final picture is from an evening comedy show for the conference attendees.