Making Soft Robotics Stronger Improves VR Gloves, Opening New Applications
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Making Soft Robotics Stronger Improves VR Gloves, Opening New Applications

Soft robots, or those made with materials like rubber, gels and cloth, have advantages over their harder, heavier counterparts, especially when it comes to tasks that require direct human interaction. Robots that could safely and gently help people with limited mobility grocery shop, prepare meals, get dressed, or even walk would undoubtedly be life-changing. 

 

Soft Robotics Expands Commercial Focus for mGripAI Gripper
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Soft Robotics Expands Commercial Focus for mGripAI Gripper

Soft Robotics has announced it expanded the commercial focus for its mGripAI artificial intelligence-enabled picking solutions, to include the consumer goods, e-commerce and logistics industries. The combination of 3D vision, AI and soft grasping gives industrial robots the dexterity and hand-eye coordination of human workers, enabling their use in unstructured applications that include order fulfillment, sortation, decanting, and kitting, the company said.

 

Soft Robotics Raises $10M to Expand Commercial Operations
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Soft Robotics Raises $10M to Expand Commercial Operations

Soft Robotics, which develops AI-powered automated picking solutions through modular soft robotic gripping technology, has announced raising $10 million in a Series B extension funding round. The new funding will help expand its commercial operations to meet COVID-19 pandemic-fueled demand, as well as go to the launch of its SoftAI-powered robotic solutions.

 

Toyota Research Shares Soft Robotics Gripper Design
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Toyota Research Shares Soft Robotics Gripper Design

The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced it is sharing the design source files and full build instructions for its innovative domestic robot hands, with the goal of accelerating the field of soft robotics. Starting today, any research institution or aspiring roboticist can visit punyo.tech to build their own Punyo Soft Bubble Gripper.

 

Soft Robotics Expands mGrip Modular Grippers for Protein, Dairy Handling
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Soft Robotics Expands mGrip Modular Grippers for Protein, Dairy Handling

Soft Robotics has announced the expansion of its mGrip Modular Gripping System with new capabilities and an IP69K rating that enables safe food handling of proteins and dairy products. The company said these new features put more capabilities into the hands of machine builders to design flexible end-of-arm tools that can withstand high-pressure washdown environments.

 

CAMA Group, Piab Develop Cheese Slice Handling Robot Application
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CAMA Group, Piab Develop Cheese Slice Handling Robot Application

Through the use of suction cups and vacuum generators, Piab and CAMA Group have created a new packaging system that can handle and package 280 pouches of cheese slices per minute. The system allows for the automatic handling of pouches of different formats at high process speeds.