I decided to test a more natural finger shape. I loaded the Raptor Reloaded finger into Blender 3D and did a quick scaling on the fingertip to try to get a natural wedge shape. It actually turned out a lot better than I expected.
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After wiring up the hand, I strapped it onto my fingers and tried picking a few things up. Picking up my cell phone was extremely hard. That's actually an improvement over the standard fingers. With the standard fingers, it was nearly impossible.
Picking up the TV remote and the air conditioner remote is significantly easier. It's not easy, but it is easier. The fingers are able to push under the object and scoop it up.
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I don't feel like holding onto things has gotten harder. Even without the ball shape on the end, the last digit seems to do a pretty good job of wrapping around objects and locking them in the grip.
I feel like our hands are currently better at holding things than at picking them up. This finger shape feels like it helps that a little. I think we should consider a more natural shape to the fingers.
Plus, the hand is just nicer looking. I was actually a bit surprised by how much of an aesthetic improvement it was. They look more like human fingers.