Video: Amazing new robot shoots hoops, hits the bull’s eye, and makes us feel incompetent
Robotics enthusiasts from Cornell University and the University of Chicago are proud to present a robot that can pick up objects and throw them without the need for complex hands.
Called the Positive Pressure Universal Gripper, the robotic arm can shoot hoops like a pro, toss bolts and springs into boxes, and play darts with extreme precision using a latex balloon filled with coffee grounds.
This balloon conforms to whatever object it touches. When the air is sucked out, a pinching effect occurs that uses friction to lift it up. The robot can then fire off the object by rapidly filling the balloon with air again.
Very impressive. But as a basketball fan, I’m a little scared by the potential of this machine.
[Hat tip to Techland]