The Robotic Jellyfish Gripper uses spaghetti-like tentacles to handle fragile objects

Scientists create a robot gripper that has tentacles like spaghetti
A robot with tentacles can grasp delicate objects gently by entangling them and ensnaring – much like a jellyfish.

A Harvard team of engineers took inspiration from nature, or more specifically from jellyfish that capture stunned prey. They developed a robotic grasper equipped with soft, thin tentacles for handling irregularly-shaped or fragile items.

The individual filaments or tentacles of pneumatic rubber are weak, but when combined they can securely grasp and hold large or irregularly shaped objects. The objects are wrapped around by simple inflation, without any planning or feedback control.