Professor Daniela Rus of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), when asked to imagine a robot, will think of a human-like bots or high-strength industrial robotic arms. She The Verge .
MIT says her team's latest work is a perfect example. A robot gripper designed to pick up objects. However, the appearance is not strange. Visually, they have more in common with rubber tulips than airborne robotic hands, or balloons that vent the air.
A unique shape that makes a gripper potentially useful. Below the rubber skin is a starfish-shaped origami skull. As the gas is pumped from the gripper's enclosure, the entire device opens and closes like a flower.
This device can pick up delicate objects without damaging delicate objects, while maintaining enough grip to lift 100 times its weight. "By combining this foldable skeleton with a soft exterior, we can enjoy all the advantages of both worlds," says Rus. The Verge . "I am happy to use such a robot hand to start grocery."
Such a soft robot gripper is not new. Over the last decade, this sector has boomed with engineers who want to leverage soft machines. One natural use case is logistics. Collect items from warehouses and factories. Much of this work has been automated, but companies such as Amazon are widely used to treat personnel as individual items and pack them in bags or boxes.
This is because traditional robot grippers made of metal and hard plastic suffer from delicate objects and irregular shapes. The outdated "clush, destroy" of a killer robot that can not be controlled is not far from here. In today's factory, ordinary robots can not pack rotating eggs with orange juice in omelets and oranges.
The soft robot gripper looks like the best solution to this problem. Over the past few years