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Scientific communities


Natural Machine Motion Initiative (NMMI) is a community tool built, used, and maintained by researchers, industrial partners and enthusiasts to support the philosophy of a joint and open development of Natural Motion.


Nobody knows exactly how robots of the future will be. However, we all know they will not be like the heavy, bulky, rigid machines dangerously moving around in old– fashioned industrial plants.


Robots of the next generation will be physically compliant and adaptable machines closely interacting with humans. They will be moving safely, smoothly and efficiently – in other words robots will be soft!


Natural Machine Motion is "the third way" of Robotics: it is a principle to design, realize and control simple, affordable, yet smooth, strong, and accurate machines. Just like natural muscles, soft actuators can store an release energy, absorb impacts, regulate stiffness, and enable the design of adaptable machines that can face the challenges of tomorrow.


The Natural Machine Motion Initiative is a place for soft robotic makers to meet and share their ideas, designs, and applications. It was launched and initially supported within the EU FP7 SAPHARI project.



The interest about human hand has gained an increasing attention in the last decades and the ‘’hand’’ research community has incredibly grown up to involve different groups, ranging from neuroscience to robotics. The HandCorpus is an open access repository for sharing and retrieving human and robot hand data. It was originally created within the European Project The Hand Embodied, with the objective of making data collections and analyses about human hand publicly available, and now it is sponsored and supported by many other important European Projects and international research groups.

The HandCorpus is supported by the:
IEEE RAS Technical Committee on Robot Hand Grasping and Manipulation

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