Coffee Ground Filled Balloon Gripper Holds Promise

Posted 28 Oct 2010 at 13:47 UTC by Rog-a-matic Share This

The age-old problem of creating a robotic gripper capable of grasping unusually shaped objects has advanced one more step with this interesting development from researchers at Cornell, the University of Chicago and iRobot Corp. The Universal Gripper as they call it consists of a balloon filled with a jam-able particulate. When the balloon comes in contact with an object it conforms easily, then when a vacuum is applied, the particulates interlock providing the grasping action. Early material included rice and ground-up tires, but coffee seems to work really well. Video

DIY version, posted 3 Nov 2010 at 20:12 UTC by Rog-a-matic » (Master)

Hacked gadgets has a short article about a DIY version of this gripper:


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