08 January 2014

Versaball ~ Empire Robotics Jamming Gripper!

Globe Innovation Economist Scott Kirsner spotlights the very cool work done by Empire Robotics on their Versaball jammable gripper...
"It's a kind of robotic hand that looks and feels a lot like a stress ball. Filled with a granular material, in one mode it is squishy enough to envelop an object it's trying to grab. Then, when a vacuum is created inside the ball, the granules get pulled together, solidifying around the object. The unique design enables the gripper to pick up a wide range of different objects, which can weigh up to 20 pounds. Empire has dubbed its product Versaball."

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