Magic Ball, Soft & Strong Robotic Hand

New Innovation from MIT, DARPA and Harvard's Wyss Institute
Source:  MIT Magic Ball Soft Robotic Gripper

New Soft Gripper Robotic Hand
The team from MIT, DARPA and Harvard's Wyss Institute have innovated a new piece of robotic soft gripping.  A technology that can pick up a tiny piece of broccoli to a much more heavy drone.  The soft, Magic Ball Robot gripper gently lifts objects up to 100 times its weight.  The concept that inspired the team comes from origami.

Magic Ball is a soft, flexible cone structure with airtight skin and attached to a vacuum pump.  The cone flexes to fit around the object and the vacuum tightens it.  It's worked well in testing. Potential uses include packing and shipping.