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Category: End Effectors / Grippers

Robotics | IoT

MIT CSAIL robot manipulates unknown objects using 3D keypoints

Imagine that you’re in your kitchen, and you’re trying to explain to a friend where to return a coffee cup. If you tell them to “hang the mug on the hook by its handle,” they have to make that happen by doing a fairly extensive series of actions in a very precise order: noticing the…

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OnRobot grippers support more cobots with new I/O converter

OnRobot has launched a Digital I/O converter that enables its RG2, RG6, Gecko, and VG10 grippers to seamlessly integrate with a wider range of collaborative robot arms. The Digital I/O Converter enables the cobot arms to work with the OnRobot grippers with minimal need for programming, resulting in faster switch times between multiple tasks. OnRobot…

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6 advances in robotic grippers to watch

  Robots have used multiple types of grippers for years, but the push for more manual dexterity has become more urgent because of rising demand from e-commerce order fulfillment and other applications. Human-level manipulation of various objects is a difficult technical challenge, and robotics developers and vendors have responded with a range of solutions. From…

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Festo’s Bionic robots merge pneumatics, artificial intelligence

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…

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Swedish patient receives ‘dexterous, sentient’ prosthetic hand

A Swedish woman whose hand was amputated has become the first recipient of an osseo-neuromuscular implant to control a dexterous hand prosthesis, according to Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. Surgeons placed titanium implants in the two forearm bones (radius and ulna), and extended electrodes to nerves and muscle to extract signals to control a…

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Robotics, Automation Headline Fluid Power Technology Conference 2019

The 2019 edition of the Fluid Power Technology Conference will be held on May 14 and 15 at the Milwaukee School of Engineering’s Kern Center. Each day of the conference will open with exiting keynote presentations about how fluid power manufacturers can be leaders in robotics and automation technologies. The Fluid Power Technology Conference brings…

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How robots autonomously see, grasp, and pick

You sign into your workstation. A tote of mixed items arrives in front of you. You reach in, pick an item out, and place it in a container on the conveyor to your side. This incredibly simple task, done in a matter of seconds and without much thought, illustrates what a highly evolved machine you…

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mGrip modular gripper is Soft Robotics’ response to user needs

Last week, Soft Robotics Inc. released its mGrip modular grasping system. The Bedford, Mass.-based company said its “on-demand” system will help soft robotics proliferate and allow users “to build, validate, and install production-ready systems in minutes.” Soft Robotics designs and sells soft manipulators using patented technology based on research by Prof. George M. Whitesides at…

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OnRobot releases Gecko gripper (based on NASA-technology) at ATX West

OnRobot, a global leader in end-of-arm tooling for collaborative robots, announced today it will be co-exhibiting next month with Futura Automation at the ATX West show, in Anaheim, Calif., February 5 to 7. OnRobot kicked off the new year by shipping pre-orders of its newly-available Gecko Gripper, that uses millions of micro-scaled fibrillar stalks that…

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Piab broadens scope of Kenos KVG vacuum grippers

Piab‘s Kenos KVG series of vacuum grippers is extended to include the option of using suction cups instead of the technical foam pads offered as standard. The popular vacuum grippers can now be configured with suction cups from Piab’s flexible and durable suction cup series DURAFLEX BX as well as the generic Value Line series.…

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