October 27, 2010 AT 9:57 am

Balloon filled with ground coffee makes ideal robotic gripper


Balloon filled with ground coffee makes ideal robotic gripper

The human hand is an amazing machine that can pick up, move and place objects easily, but for a robot, this “gripping” mechanism is a vexing challenge. Opting for simple elegance, researchers from Cornell University, University of Chicago and iRobot have bypassed traditional designs based around the human hand and fingers, and created a versatile gripper using everyday ground coffee and a latex party balloon.

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