While You Weren't Looking, Dell Announced A Crazy Futuristic Tablet

Yesterday, you were probably too busy gawking at Cupertino’s precious new watch and giant smartphones to notice anything else that happened in the world of technology. There’s no shame in that. But if you were paying attention to the 2014 Intel Developers Conference in San Francisco, you might have gotten a glimpse of a pretty intriguing tablet. Michael Dell himself walked out on stage to announce the device. Here’s the scoop.

This Incredible Star Wars-Style Bionic Hand Let An Amputee Feel Again

We geeks all have the same platonic prosthesis ideal: Luke Skywalker’s awesome Star Wars mech-hand. We’re getting there, bit by bit. Dennis Aabo Sørensen’s new hand is almost there; it let him feel again.

Getting Robots To Pick Things Up Is Actually Really Hard

Our hands are a pretty major feat of evolution (opposable thumbs! dexterity!), and it’s hard to artificially replicate everything they can do. Especially when it comes to super fine motor skills like picking up very flat, thin or small objects. As part of DARPA’s ARM program, iRobot and collaborators at Harvard and Yale are working on versatile robot “hands” that can bear significant weight while also producing subtler gestures.

Wrinkly Fingers Evolved To Help You Grip Wet Objects

If you’ve ever sat in a bath staring at your fingers as they wrinkle involuntarily, you’re in good company. Now, a team of scientists has worked out why it happens.

How Do You Function, When One Hand Is Out Of Commission?

So, uh… cat bites are pretty bad, as it turns out. I was in the emergency room yesterday, after my sweet cat Franny sunk a tooth into the top of my left hand, causing it to swell up like a balloon. I’m now on a strong antibiotic and some strong painkillers, but it’s still a baseball mitt-sized mit that hurts like hell in any position other than upright and can’t be used. I’m typing with just my right hand, right now.

Motion-Sensing 'Aural Gloves' Make Hands Sing

American Sign Language may soon be obsolete if these motion-sensing gloves come to market. For now, a UBC team are the only ones to enjoy harmonizing with their own themselves.

Prune Fingers May Help You Hold Onto Things

Scientists know a lot about the body, but they don’t know everything. Take, for example, the pruning that occurs when you spend too much time in the water. Scientists don’t know why these wrinkles occur only on the hands and feet.

I'm Pretty Sure This Hand Soap Is Trying To Kill Me

We love design at Gizmodo. It’s one of our things. But what happens when design doesn’t love us back, comes alive one night (I dunno, because of the debt ceiling or something) and decides to strangle us in our sleep?

Prosthetic Hand Isn't Electric, But Performs Just Like It Is

I’d rather have a hook if I lost my hand in some sort of freak accident, but realise that’s not exactly conducive to typing. Rather than chucking in the tech-blogging for piracy, Mark Stark’s prosthetic hand is a worthy alternative.

These Are The Hands Of The Apollo Astronauts

There are Neil’s. And there are Buzz’s. And Pete Conrad’s. And Alan Shepard’s. These are the hands of the Apollo astronauts, the plaster casts created to make their custom gloves in Houston, Texas, 1968. High five!

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