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Robotic tentacles get to grips with tricky objects

 
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2006 7:15 pm    Post subject: Robotic tentacles get to grips with tricky objects Reply with quote

Robotic "tentacles" that can grasp and grapple with a wide variety of objects have been developed by US researchers.

Most robots rely on mechanical gripping jaws that have difficulty grabbing large or irregularly shaped objects. Replacing these with tentacle-like manipulators could make robots more nimble and flexible, say the scientists.

The tentacle-like manipulators, known as "Octarms", resemble an octopus's limb or an elephant's trunk. They were developed through a project called OCTOR (sOft robotiC manipulaTORs), which involves several US universities and is funded by the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn9124-robotic-tentacles-get-to-grips-with-tricky-objects.html

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