Cornell University's 'Gentle Bot' Can Lightly Touch and Feel Objects

 - Dec 12, 2016
References: npr.org & io9.gizmodo
Soft robotics has become a significant field of study in the world of robotics, and Cornell University's 'Gentle Bot' is one of the most impressive advancements in the burgeoning field. The newly created robotic hand is capable of understanding very precise elements of objects based on touch alone.

A major law of robotics is that robots are typically made of strong and hard materials like carbon fiber or metal. While such strength is essential for something like manufacturing, those hard materials make robots less safe for working with delicate objects. The Gentle Bot's fingers are made from soft lithography and 3D-printed materials that allow them to move automatically while still applying soft caresses.

In its current iteration, the Gentle Bot is so precise that it can judge the ripeness of tomatoes without any visual input.