Inspired by their invention, Steve Norris created his own universal gripper using a balloon filled with coffee grounds, a Reynolds Handi-Vac, and a robotic arm. By placing the balloon on top of the object to be picked up, and then removing the air from it, Norris is able to move everything from a pair of forceps to a couple of Tylenol capsules.
While Norris hasn't provided instructions, it seems like a fairly straightforward build for someone who already has expertise with robotic arms. Check out .
is arming himself for the impending robot apocalypse.
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