A team of researchers from Harvard University and MIT have developed a new set of robotic hands. In the past, robotic hands have been assisted by fingers made of soft and flexible materials like rubber which is not durable to pick up heavy or large items. But the new invention has boosted the durability of robotic hands.
The new creation is a gripper; looks like a cone-shaped origami structure and works like Venus flytrap. It can transport objects which are 100 times its weight.
The gripper will help robots to carry a wide range of items such as hammers, drones, wine glasses, soup cans and many more.
The project is one of the outs of the box thing which scientists were looking for.
The new gripper, i.e. soft and strong is designed very differently than other forms of robotic hands; inspired by the origami magic ball, the gripper is cone-shaped, hollow and powered by vacuum. The gripper has the potential to envelope an entire object and picks it up easily.
There is a connector, an origami-based skeleton structure and an airtight skin in the gripper. The scientists used a mechanical rubber mold and a special heat-shrinking plastic to develop the gripper.
The new gripper currently works best in carrying objects such as cans and bottles and could be used in factories in the near future.
The new creation is likely to help people in the future; making goods transfer easier.