When we think about robots alive in factories and accumulation lines, we often brainstorm large automatic arms moving heavy apparatus around. But there’s also automation for small brittle abstracts as well, acute the lightest touch to move. No problem: Robots may soon be able to move small altar after affecting them at all.

Marcel Schuck, a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH Zurich), is developing a method for robots to carry small altar after affecting them at all. Ultrasound waves can accomplish a burden wave that humans can’t see or hear. Balance the amount of burden around a small object, and it will seem to float in midair, in a abnormality known as acoustic levitation. It looks a bit like automatic telekinesis.

Of course, in actuality, it’s being held in place by the forces generated by the sound field – an acoustic trap of sorts. Schuck’s ancestor holds small altar in a force field created by a myriad of tiny speakers applicable on the autogenous of two semispheres. What’s more, Schuck’s software allows the sphere to be moved around within the semispheres, acceptance for absolute accession – even if the robot arm itself is not so precise.


Though Ultrasound acclivity has existed for some 80 years, Schuck’s goal is to make the technology more practical. Right now, he’s attractive into applied applications for the acoustic gripper. Absolute robots administration acute abstracts often use soft rubber-like grippers, but these can easily be attenuated and have less-than-perfect accuracy.


Potential industries that might account from the accelerated gripper accommodate watchmakers, where absolute grippers can damage the thin film of adipose on small components. Microchips seem like addition abeyant use. The accelerated gripper is an advancing activity as Schuck gets acknowledgment from the industry, but if he can get it out in the real world, he hopes to begin a startup based on accelerated robotics.