Festo unveils terrifying tentaclebot made of soft 'muscle'

Daily Mail

First they gave us bionic ants and a flying robotic penguin. Now, the researchers at Festo have unveiled an unnerving octopus-inspired device equipped with a flexible robotic tentacle. Mimicking the skeleton-less design of a real octopus, the gripper is made up of soft silicone lined with two rows of suction cups, which allow it to wrap around objects of various shapes and sizes. Researchers at Festo have unveiled an unnerving octopus-inspired device equipped with a flexible robotic tentacle (pictured on right). The robot is made of soft silicon, and uses two different kinds of suction cups to hold onto objects.


Video Friday: MIT's Mini Cheetah Robot, and More

IEEE Spectrum Robotics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. Impressive new video of MIT's Mini Cheetah doing backflips, and failing to do backflips, which is even cuter. MIT'S new mini cheetah robot is the first four-legged robot to do a backflip.


Bionic robots from Festo merge pneumatics and AI

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Whether it's grabbing, holding or turning, touching, typing or pressing -- in everyday life, we use our hands as a matter of course for the most diverse tasks. In that regard, the human hand, with its unique combination of power, dexterity, and fine motor skills, is a true miracle tool of nature. What could be more natural than equipping robots in collaborative workspaces with a gripper that is modeled after this example from nature and solves various tasks by learning with artificial intelligence? Festo's Bionic series does just that. Festo announced that it will show its BionicSoftHand pneumatic robot hand at Hannover Messe 2019.


Video Friday: MIT's Origami Magic-Ball Gripper

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. This soft gripper from MIT is based on an origami "magic-ball." It's a "magic-ball gripper," and that hyphen placement is absolutely critical to it functioning appropriately.


Video Friday: BratWurst Bot, Facebook Drone, and Powerline Ape

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Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. We'll also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next two months; here's what we have so far (send us your events!): Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy today's videos. Our BratWurst Bot is an autonomous robot that grills sausages all by itself. It is made of off the shelf robotic components: Universal Robots UR-10 arm, Schunk PG-70 gripper, two standard RGB cameras, normal grill tongs and gas grill.