Keeping a tight hold on things: Robot-mounted vacuum grippers flex their artificial muscles

A short electric pulse is all it takes to generate and release a powerful vacuum in the blink of an eye. The novel vacuum gripper enables robot arms to pick up objects and move them around freely in space. The system works without the need for compressed air to generate the vacuum, it is energy efficient, quiet and suitable for use in clean rooms.
Keeping a tight hold on things: Robot-mounted vacuum grippers flex their artificial muscles