New robotic grip unravels thin cables and ropes
Engineers have developed a robotic grip that can cleverly manipulate delicate objects such as ropes and cables.
It can sometimes be difficult for people to cope with thin and flexible objects, but for robots this was previously an overwhelming task. The problem is that when handling objects, machines usually use a series of gradual movements and additional devices for processing them. However, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology decided to create a two-sided robotic grip that looked like human fingers.
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Mechanical fingers are made of soft rubber, equipped with high resolution tactile sensors and cameras. In the process of manipulating objects, the control system independently finds the ends, simulates the grip force, and also determines the necessary position to hold the cable inside and ensure its sliding.
In the future, such devices can find wide practical application not only in production, but also in solving domestic issues. However, engineers are currently working on upgrading robotic grips and built-in sensors to improve its performance.
Earlier, we also reported on the development of robotic capture, which is able to manipulate objects without touching them.
, sergofan, MIT