Testing New Grippers

There's a lot of activity at the lab. We're putting together tutorials on a dozen different mechanisms that we use to make soft robots move. To make sure they can be replicated without a dedicated soft robotics lab we're spending a lot of time optimizing how quickly and easily they come together.

The experiment in the above image is a gripper driven by a stretch limiting cloth layer embedded in the silicone that makes up the gripper's body. The cloth acts like the tendon in the front of your finger, curling the gripper around an object if it meets any resistance and biasing the force of inflation towards bending rather than stretching.

Matthew Borgatti