Coffee-Filled Robot 'Hand' Can Pick Up Almost Anything
The current model (demoed in the video after the break) is roughly the size of a golf ball, and can pick up smaller items, ranging from M&Ms to glasses of water. But what excites researchers, like the University of Chicago's Eric Brown, is that the design can easily be scaled up to larger sizes. "You could potentially lift up a car with something like this if you made a big enough gripper," he told Live Science. In addition to a being more versatile than your standard robot claw, this new style of gripper has fewer moving parts, making it easier to build and control, and leaving less room for parts to fail. The new design could find its way into industrial machines, prosthetic limbs and bomb squad 'bots in the very near future.