30 May '14, 10pm

Video Friday: Inflatable Robots, Walk Again Project, and Nao at School

jamming gripper is one of the strangest inventions we've ever seen in robotics. You fill a balloon with coffee grounds (or a similar coarse material), and when you pump air out of the balloon, it instantly hardens and you can use that capability to grasp a wide variety of things—including stuff that conventional grippers have a hard time picking up, like small parts and oddly shaped objects. It's a promising technology, and Empire Robotics is attempting to commercialize it with its VersaBall gripper, which you can see in action below, packing a toolbox.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/medical-robot...

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