Soft Origami Robot Gripper Picks Up Objects 100x Its Weight
In recent years, roboticists have created soft, flexible, rubber grippers that allow robots to pick up anything from grapes to boxes, but these robots are generally unable to handle very large or heavy items. Now, researchers from MIT and Harvard have developed a gripper that's both soft and strong. The cone-shaped origami structure collapses in on objects to pick up items that are as much as 100 times its weight. The motion allows the gripper to grasp a much wider range of objects, from hammers and drones to wine glasses.