Modelling the human hand

The human hand is a complex organ capable of both gross grasp and fine motor skills. Despite many successful high-level skeletal control techniques, animating realistic hand motion remains tedious and challenging. It is widely believed that it can be modelled with 27 degrees of freedom (DOFs), based on an analysis of this paper. It says: The…

Building your own quadcopter from scratch

This post first appeared as a guest post on Quadkopters. However, the parts referred to in this post are the ones I actually used in my own build. EDIT: I just added a robotic claw and gripper to the quadcopter! See the post here. This is another post connected to building quadcopters that adds to the…

Byte Sized – III (DNA Storage)

A DNA based archival storage system is in the works, thanks to research at Microsoft and the University of Washington! DNA seems to fit in very nicely at the bottom of the memory hierarchy, with an access time stretching into tens of hours, but durability extending into centuries. It is also extremely dense, with over…