Robotic hand with a delicate grip – Empire robotics at CES 2015

In industry, fragile or difficult-to-grip items require a delicate touch. That’s why Empire Robotics, funded by the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research program, is bringing the VERSABALL to the marketplace. The VERSABALL is a spherical robotic hand filled with granular material that conforms to and grips objects. At the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show, Empire Robotics displayed their innovative soft gripper technology by out-competing human challengers with precision ping pong tossing. In this video, Empire Robotics co-founder John Amend explains how the technology can benefit industry. Amend is part of a multidisciplinary team of soft robotics experts, materials scientists and experienced automation engineers from diverse technology fields, including agile manufacturing automation, collaborative robotics, prosthetics and space robotics.

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