Ioannis K. Erripis from the Robots Podcast reports on a new hand developed at the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics at Germany's Aerospace Centre DLR. It combines accurate object manipulation, robustness and strength in a quite compact and light package. The robotic hand is inspired by the human one although anatomic fidelity isn't the main objective. It can handle small and fragile objects but it is also able to exert forces of 30 newton at the fingertips. It is also able to survive a baseball bat hit (an impact with a 66 g acceleration - see video) while being relatively compact and light. The key of these hands' amazing ability lies in its operating principle and its clever inner workings: The fingers are held and operated by a web of 38 tendons made from a very strong polyethylene fiber. The hand will be a part of a complete two-arm torso and researches are focusing on grasping and manipulations strategies and two-arms coordination. More details on the mechanics after the jump.