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balloonbot1 Bot grabs stuff with a balloon
balloonbot2 Bot grabs stuff with a balloon

Sean Ragan had previously blogged a video of this cool robot. Now, courtesy of the MAKE Flickr pool, we see some beauty shots. This clever robot, built by Steve Norris, picks up small objects within a gripper consisting of a balloon filled with coffee grounds.

I constructed my own version of the Cornell University Universal Gripper using parts that I had lying around my lab. This includes the CrustCrawler SG6-UT Robotic Arm, a Yost Engineering ServoCenter controller, a Reynolds Handi-Vac, and a balloon filled with coffee grounds.

I really like his suction release servo kludge

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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