January 31, 2017      

One of the biggest hurdles to more widespread supply chain automation is the ability to manipulate a wide variety of objects. In Europe, robotics research into soft grippers is making progress as part of a four-year program.

Ocado Technology, the research division of online grocer Ocado Group Ltd., has been developing soft manipulator technology with European partners. The British company has also been working on its SecondHands humanoid robot, as well as other warehouse automation.

The SoMa p...

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