Researchers at Cornell Universityfigured out that by using nothing more than the equivalent of a party balloon filled with ground coffee, they were able to construct robots capable of picking up just about any object using nothing more than granular jamming.
The Creative Machines Lab comprises researchers from the various disciplines of engineering, computer science, physics, math and biology. We look at self-organization and evolutionary phenomena, and their application to both engineering design automation and understanding the emergence of complexity in natural systems. We develop abstract models and applications in various domains as well as build working systems to test new ideas. There are still many open questions, but if these processes can be understood and harnessed, this will be the future of engineering.
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