Robot Hand is a Balloon Filled with Coffee Grounds

John Amend and Hod Lipson with the robot hand. Photo by Robert Barker, University Photography, via the Cornell Chronicle Online.

Fast Company’s Ariel Schwarz has a post about an amazing robot hand developed by researchers at Cornell, iRobot Corporation and the University of Chicago. It’s made out of what amounts to a balloon filled with coffee grounds.

You heard me! A balloon filled with coffee grounds. And it turns out that this particulate-matter sort of robot-hand concept is almost old hat in the robot-concept department, though this is a new application.

Before you start digging through your compost, read on (AT TECHYUM.)

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