Robot Grip – Filled with Coffee Grounds

A novel robot hand has been invented by The University of Chicago using an inflatable balloon filled with coffee grounds. By using a technique known as jamming air is blown into the balloon this in turn allows the coffee grounds to move and form a seal around the chosen object to pick up. The air is withdrawn and thus locks the object in the gripper.

Yet another fun use for old coffee grounds!

Here’s a clip of the gripper in action –