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Check out this bizarre robot gripper that can lift 120 times its own weight

By midian182 · 6 replies
Mar 14, 2019
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  1. A joint project between MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and Harvard, the robotic gripper uses a 3D-printed, 16-piece silicone rubber skeleton covered in either TPU-coated nylon fabric or a deflated, 27-inch latex rubber balloon.

    A pneumatic vacuum sucks the air out of the skin, which causes it to collapse around an object. The technique allows the arm to pick up delicate items, such as soft fruit, without damaging them.

    “Previous approaches to the packing problem could only handle very limited classes of objects — objects that are very light or objects that conform to shapes such as boxes and cylinders, but with the Magic Ball gripper system we’ve shown that we can do pick-and-place tasks for a large variety of items ranging from wine bottles to broccoli, grapes and eggs,” said MIT professor Daniela Rus. “In other words, heavy objects and objects that are light. Objects that are delicate, or sturdy, or that have regular or free form shapes.”

    The shape of the gripper means it’s more suited to picking up round and cylindrical objects, but it could still have applications in a variety of fields, especially those where delicate objects are moved around, such as Amazon warehouses or even in hospitals.

    “I could imagine seeing soft robots gentle and dexterous enough to pick a rose, yet strong enough to safely lift a hospital patient,” said Michael Wehner, an assistant professor of robotics at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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  2. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,829   +1,112

    I don't know why....but something about this, reminds me of "The Big Bang Theory" when Howard, got the robot hand stuck...ummmm....somewhere. If "he" invented this, we could easily see that happening LOL.
     
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  3. XtremeHammond

    XtremeHammond TS Enthusiast Posts: 34   +27

    Also, Howard messed with the Mars rover. So...
     
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  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,087   +1,504

    Soft robotics are very cool and have a lot of potential in my book.

    Although they can sometimes end up looking creepy or remind you that you seen enough... well you know the old saying. If you don't know it then good for you! :p
     
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,087   +1,504

    "We don't have a code for that." XD
     
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  6. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,358   +403

    Pretty sure I can do the same thing with a tooth pick.
     
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,519   +3,702

    All it needs is lipstick.. :rolleyes:

    And well, maybe a governor.
     

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