A gentle robotic hand that won't break eggs, pasta sticks

Published October 3, 2019


ZDNet.com, a business technology website published by CBS, reported on the two-finger gripper invented by UB engineers who have been developing ways of making robotic hands more like human hands. The critical factor in this new technology is the ability for the mechanism to alter the firmness of its grip.

“Our robotic gripper mimics the human hand’s ability to adjust the stiffness of the grip,” said Ehsan Esfahani, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering.

“These grippers are designed for collaborative robots that work together with people. They’re going to be helpers, so they need to be safe, and variable stiffness grippers help achieve that goal.”

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