6 innovative robotic grippers lend a helping hand

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OnRobot introduced new robotic grippers at Automatica 2018, including the Tactile gripper. With the collaborative robot market exploding, robotic grippers will be an area of growth and increasing competition. That was made abundantly clear at Automatica 2018 where new robotic grippers made quite a splash. While market growth has an impact on the amount of innovation taking place, Lasse Kieffer, CEO and co-founder of Purple Robotics, said a shift in mindset is also leading to new robotic grippers. "End users want a collaborative robot application.


A new robotic gripper inspired by geckos and pioneered by NASA ZDNet

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Hands are hot items in the world of robots. That's one of the biggest trends out of the Automatica conference, one of the world's premiere showcases of robot technology, which recently wrapped up in Germany. Among this year's dexterous, grippy offerings is a robotic end effector inspired by a gecko's fingers. Also: Robots with soft hands will transform the world. Geckos can scale vertical and inverted surfaces thanks to microscopic flaps on their feet.


A new robotic gripper inspired by geckos and pioneered by NASA

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Hands are hot items in the world of robots. That's one of the biggest trends out of the Automatica conference, one of the world's premiere showcases of robot technology, which recently wrapped up in Germany. Among this year's dexterous, grippy offerings is a robotic end effector inspired by a gecko's fingers. Geckos can scale vertical and inverted surfaces thanks to microscopic flaps on their feet. The flaps form molecular bonds with the surfaces of objects, and the weak intermolecular forces create adhesion.


A lizard-inspired robot gripper may solve our space-junk problems

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Space junk is a huge problem in orbit. Over 500,000 pieces of debris are currently orbiting the Earth at up to 17,500 miles per hour, and we haven't yet figured out how to clean it up. But engineers at Stanford may have made a breakthrough: They've designed a robotic gripper based on gecko's feet that works in zero-g. The end goal is to use it to clean up space junk. The problem with existing technology is that everything is designed to work at Earth's gravity, within Earth's temperature range.


Robot Arm Uses AI to Get a Better Grip

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Imagine a robotic hand that can identify, examine and handle objects autonomously, without needing a human operator to guide it. That's what SCHUNK aims to create with its line of intelligent grippers. The company has already brought to market its Co-act JL1 Gripper, which SCHUNK claims is the world's first intelligent gripping module for human-robot collaboration. These robots use AI to learn how to identify and manipulate objects--and are less reliant on a human controller to tell them what to do. SCHUNK's intelligent grippers adjust their behavior in real time depending on what it's gripping.