Resembling a balloon filled with coffee grounds, this gripper uses granular jamming and electrostatic interactions to manipulate objects.
Yegor is a Ph.D. candidate at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Working under the supervision of Dario Floreano, he researches variable stiffness technologies for medical robotics. His research interests include sustainability and different aspects of soft robotics, such as soft actuators, sensors, and smart fibers.
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