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Giving Robots a More Nimble Grasp

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Robot grasp

A simple robotic gripper can adjust its grip using the environment. Here, a robot grips a rod lightly while pushing it against a tabletop; this allows the rod to rotate in the robots fingers.

Credit: The researchers/MIT News

Most robots on a factory floor are fairly ham-handed: Equipped with large pincers or claws, they are designed to perform simple maneuvers, such as grabbing an object, and placing it somewhere else in an assembly line.

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