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Jamming as Enabling Technology for Soft Robotics

Basic science concepts developed in IRG1 about jamming of granular materials enabled the development of a new class of soft robotic systems.  The image is of a jamming gripper which conforms to complex or fragile objects in the unjammed state, then hardens by jamming.  This work is a collaboration between the University of Chicago, the Cornell University Department of  Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and iRobot Corp.