When it comes to picking up objects humans beat robots hands down, though that could soon change.

“People can do amazing things with their hands: picking up objects of different sizes, shapes and weights,”says co-founder of robotics sensor startup Contactile, Heba Khamis.

“Robots can’t do that. They need to be pre-programmed for what they’re picking up. If you put an apple in [a robot’s] way the next time, it doesn’t know what to do with that.”

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