The problem with video conferencing is that there’s no real interaction with those you’re talking to. Thanks to this weird robotic hand by a research group at Osaka University, you can begin and / or end conversations with a handshake. Continue reading for a video and more information.

Results from preliminary trials showed that to reproduce a real person’s hand, the three most important aspects were texture, temperature and a sufficient grip force. Here, silicone rubber and sponge are used to simulate the elasticity of human skin and the underlying muscle structure, with an appropriate temperature achieved through the use of a film heater.

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