The chameleon is able to catch a variety of different insects by putting its tongue over the respective prey and securely enclosing it. The FlexShapeGripper uses this principle to get a form-fitting grip on a wide range of objects. With its elastic silicone cap, it can even pick up several objects in a single gripping action and set them down together, without the need for manual conversion.
Whether on a handling system or on the arm of a robot, the gripper can perform various tasks once it has been put into operation. This functional integration is one possible way in which systems and components themselves will be able to adapt to various products and scenarios in future. The project also shows how we gain new insights from nature for our core business of automation.
The aims of the Bionic Learning Network involve more than just learning from nature, however. Early recognition and fostering of good ideas also plays a major part. The FlexShapeGripper came about through a cooperation with Oslo and Akershus University and is an outstanding example of close collaboration beyond the boundaries of a company.