TitleThe Soft Gripper
PublisherThe Computer Museum
Place of PublicationBoston, MA
DescriptionA part of the The Computer Museum Slide Series Five: Robots
Text from Robot Slide Series insert -
"Developed by Shigeo Hirose at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, this gripper could conform to the shape of a grasped object. Here, the gripper is holding a wine glass filled with flowers. The design of the Soft Gripper grew from Hirose's studies of flexible structures in nature, such as elephant trunks and snake spinal cords. Models of these flexible structures have potential applications in medicine and agriculture. On loan from Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan"