This robot arm is inspired by the tentacles of an octopus and can grab almost any object

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Researchers have managed to manufacture an octopus-style robot arm that allows the machine, thanks to its suction cups, to grab any type of object.
We have a multitude of robotic arms in factories, but one of the main problems of these machines is that they are only able to get to grab certain elements. That is why for many years researchers have invested time in improving the skills of robotic arms so that they can manipulate all kinds of objects as if they were human workers.
Now a team from the Harvard Wyss Institute in collaboration with partners from Beihang University have created a robotic arm inspired by the tentacles of an octopus. As you have imagined, this robotic arm also has suction cups, which allow you to grip the different objects more firmly.
This allows the robotic arm to grab all kinds of elements, whether hard or soft and even manipulate a series of unthinkable objects such as thin plastic sheets, coffee cups, test tubes, eggs and even live crabs.



The scientists were inspired by real octopus tentacles and adapted it to a machine. Once they managed to build this robot, the team manufactured two valves to control the robot, one capable of applying pressure to bend the robotic arm, while the other valve acts as a vacuum to adhere the objects."The results within our study provide new ideas on the creation of next-generation soft robotic actuators to grab a wide range of morphologically diverse objects," says researcher Katia Bertoldi.

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While there is still a lot left for us to see this type of robot arm in factories, they can begin to be used in certain production niches where robots could begin to grab previously unthinkable elements.

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