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TechCrunch reported "MIT’s deflated balloon robot hand can pick up objects 100x its own weight" on Thursday

[] Soft, biologically inspired robots have become one of the field’s most exciting offshoots, with machines that are capable of squeezing between obstacles and conforming to the world around them The gripper itself is made of an origami-inspired skeletal structure, covered in either fabric or a deflated balloon It’s a principle the team recently employed on another project designed to create low-cost artificial muscles Soft, biologically inspired robots have become one of the field’s most exciting offshoots, with machines that are capable of squeezing between obstacles and conforming to the world around them. A joint project between MIT CSAIL and Harvard’s Wyss converts those learnings into a simple, soft robotic…

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