JUN 27, 2017 7:09 AM PDT

High-Tech Underwater Robot Grippers Are Perfect for Handling Delicate Sea Life

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard


One of the major problems we face when trying to observe deep-sea life with robots is that the clamps used to grip onto sea life are rigid and can be damaging. Harvard University researchers have developed a state-of-the-art clamping system for such underwater robots that is both soft and gentle.

These new clamps don't damage sea life when it goes to pick it up, but it maintains a firm grip, and it's perfect for grabbing onto delicate things such as coral.

There are two different kinds of grippers, including a snake-like grabber that twirls itself around long tubular objects, such as coral or planet stems, and a set of opposing finger-like actuators that can close on and grip an object like a hand would.

Both are soft to the touch and can grab delicate objects more safely than standard modern underwater sampling equipment can. Perhaps we're onto a game-changing era of seafloor exploration.

About the Author
Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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