Robotic Arm Throws Darts, Shoot Baskets Using Universal Jamming Gripper

Posted on February 16, 2012

The robotic gripper was a novel version of a robotic hand made from a rubber bag filled with coffee grounds. The universal jamming robotic gripper - created by researchers at Cornell University, University of Chicago, and iRobot - is capable of picking up and firmly holding onto objects. It can even perform tasks like writing. You can watch the introductory video here.

The Universal Jamming Gripper has also proven to be a useful tool for throwing objects. A robotic arm uses the gripper to throw darts and shoot baskets with a high degree of accuracy. You can read a FAQ about the research from the Cornell Creative Machines Lab here. Take a look:

Photo: John Amend, Cornell University
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