Robotic hand attains sensitivity and strength with coffee grounds and balloons


7 Responses to “Robotic hand attains sensitivity and strength with coffee grounds and balloons”

  1. Chrs says:

    Reminds me of the tip of a finger.

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is clearly reverse-engineered Dalek technology.

    Building unstoppable mutant hate machines with cybernetic shells always seems like a good idea at *first*…

  3. AirPillo says:

    This is basically the same technology that was used in a toy when I was a kid, sounds like.

    It was a little humanoid figure made of rubber filled with granules. You’d stretch out its’ limbs freely then evacuate the inside with a pump and it would hold its’ pose until equilibrium was restored.

    I guess somebody else played with one of those, too, and is now making robotics.

    • Anonymous says:

      I had the same toy, it was called “Vac-Man”, he was the arch-enemy of Stretch Armstrong. If I recall correctly both of them were made from corn products, Armstrong being filled with corn syrup, and Vac-Man with ground corn cob dust.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Sorta like how a vacuum pack of coffee is as hard as a brick until you put a hole in it. Novel application.

  5. JayConverse says:

    I, for one, welcome our new coffee ground overlords.

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