Universal Robotic Gripper by Cornell

Universal Robotic Gripper by Cornell

Postby IKE on 01 Nov 2010, 17:41

That should be one of the most ingenious ideas ever, a robotic gripper that instead of mechanical fingers, countless servos, advanced control etc uses just a balloon filled with coffee grounds and a vacuum pump with amazing results. Just watch the videos:

More info here:


http://www.botjunkie.com/2010/10/26/bal ... t-gripper/
http://www.botjunkie.com/2010/10/29/mor ... t-gripper/
http://robotpig.net/robotics-news/unive ... -csl-_1965
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Re: Universal Robotic Gripper by Cornell

Postby Markus Waibel on 05 Nov 2010, 10:25

@IKE: I agree, it's ingenious!

Researchers at Cornell, the University of Chicago and iRobot Corp have developed a robotic gripper out of a balloon filled with coffee grounds. When the balloon comes in contact with an object it deforms itself to match the object shape. Then, when a vacuum is applied, the particulates interlock providing the grasping action.

Unlike classical robotic grippers, the researchers have successfully picked up a very wide variety of objects, from a glass filled with water to a spring, a coin or a raw egg.

Have a look at the story from the source here: http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/Oct ... ipper.html
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