for versatile gripping
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Grant agreement n. 863212
The proboscis is a highly versatile organ by which elephants sense the world and interact with it, performing both strong and delicate tasks supported by more than a hundred thousand muscles, and no bones.
Starting from investigations of the African bush elephant, PROBOSCIS envisions a totally new generation of universal robotic manipulators, having no distinction between soft arm and a gripper, displaying high versatility because of morphological intelligence, soft body adaptability and distributed tactile sensing.