Bizarre Octopus-Inspired Robot Arm Uses Suction Cups to Pick Up Objects

Bizarre Octopus-Inspired Robot Arm Uses Suction Cups to Pick Up Objects

Octopus Robot Arm Suction Cups Objects
This isn’t a robotic octopus, just a bizarre octopus-inspired robot arm developed by researchers from Beihang University and a colleague from Tsinghua University. This soft robotic device resembles its real-life counterpart, capable of furling, stretching and unfurling when required.



By applying vacuum pressure inside the cups on its underside, the arm can then securely grasp objects after curling around them. To achieve this, the team utilized mathematical propagation for each of its five segments, thus mimicking the nervous system of an octopus arm. Electrical messages are transmitted over liquid metal wires, while the tips of the cups have both suction cups and temperature sensors.

Mibido 5in1 Remote & APP Controlled Robot Dinosaur Building Kit, Educational STEM Projects Coding Set...

Mibido 5in1 Remote & APP Controlled Robot Dinosaur Building Kit, Educational STEM Projects Coding Set…

  • ✔ 【 New Upgrade – THE FUN NEVER STOPS WITH 5IN1 ROBOT TOYS 】 The play options never end as each model can be rebuilt into something brand new as…
  • ✔ 【 REMOTE & APP CONTROL 】 This mechanical robot dinosaur set can move smoothly in all directions, whether on flat or rough ground, rotate up to…
  • ✔ 【 INTUITIVE STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS 】 All pieces of this robot are made of kid-friendly, non-toxic materials to ensure they consistently…

We decided to do this project because we saw how octopus capture prey in a very elegant way. The animal uses very, very few control signals from the brain to the arm. The arm itself has the nervous system arranged in a way that’s a sequential activation, so the processing computing effort is very limited,” said Cecilia Laschi, a biorobotics engineer at the National University of Singapore.

[Source]


Author
Jackson Chung

A technology, gadget and video game enthusiast that loves covering the latest industry news. Favorite trade show? Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

First Look at Fluid Reality, Haptic Gloves with Small Actuators That Let You Feel Objects in Virtual Reality

First Look at Fluid Reality, Haptic Gloves with Small Actuators That Let You Feel Objects in Virtual Reality

Fluid Reality Haptic Gloves Feel in VR AR
JumpMod lets you feel jumps, while Fluid Reality haptic gloves can be used to touch things in virtual reality. This is accomplished through 160 dynamic haptic feedback actuators in the fingertips of the wireless and lightweight gloves.



If you look inside each one of the gloves, there are high resolution fingerpad arrays for each fingertip, or basically displays for your skin. These are used to imprint tactile images on your skin similar to pixels on a screen. The bubble-like pixel contains a fluid that can stretch and fill when activated. Within each pixel, there is a small electrically controlled pump. Unlike standard pumps, these operate on the principal of electroosmosis, which means they have no moving parts.

Fluid Reality Haptic Gloves Feel in VR AR

The compact nature of the technology allows it to provide better haptic feedback while also minimizing size and complexity. We built this prototype glove using off-the-shelf components like a Raspberry Pi. Fully integrated products have the opportunity to be even more compact and lightweight. Because it’s thin, we used built-in optical hand tracking, and standard Unity integrations,” said the researchers.

[Source]


Author
Bill Smith

When it comes to cars, video games or geek culture, Bill is an expert of those and more. If not writing, Bill can be found traveling the world.