You know the old saying, scratch my back and I'll scratch yours? It basically means that if you want a hand, you have to lend one first. That's exactly what Paul Ekas has set out to do with his company, Sake Robotics, which manufactures grippers for industrial robots.
“As robots move into unstructured environments, and can start doing useful work, like clean the house someday, one of the big markets is just the ability to pick stuff up and put it down,” Ekas says.
Sake Robotics has designed its gripper, called EZGripper, with versatility in mind. It comes with a universal mount so that it can be attached to a variety of robotic arms and can pick up objects as thin as a pen or as bulky as a volleyball.