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Heads: Zhongkui Wang
Contact: Zhongkui Wang

Date: 2016 -

Mailing address:
Dept. Robotics, Ritsumeikan Univ.
Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan

Supported by:
Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (No.15H02230) 2015 - 2017 (Shinichi Hirai)
Dynamics and Tribology of Soft Tissues in Tactile Perception

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Project Description

We will apply a 3D printer that can print soft materials to fabricate soft robotic hands with their application to soft object handling.
2019/7/11 Received AP Award (visitors' evaluation) at International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition.
2019/3/1 Soft grippers were introduced in March issue of magazine "Production Goods Marketing".
2019/2/1 Soft grippers were introduced in February issue of magazine "Production Goods Marketing".
2018/12/13 Dempa Shimbun Daily introduced our soft gripper in its article "Handling Food Materials".
2018/12/12 The Kyoto Shimbun introduced our soft gripper in its article "Soft Robots gentle to Human".
2018/11/26 Nippon Keizai Shimbun introduced our soft gripper in its article "Robots for Packing Food to Box Lunches".
2018/10/3 Introducing Private University Research Branding Project of MEXT Soft materials bring robotic research to a new level
2018/8/30-8/31 Professor Wang demonstrated "Pneumatically Driven Soft Robot Gripper Capable of Gentle Gripping and Its Automation System Based on ROS" at Innovation Japan 2018.
2018/8/3 Dr. Wang received Best Paper Award on Robotics by A Soft Gripper with Adjustable Stiffness and Variable Working Length for Handling Food Material.
2018/6/14 Received AP Award Grand Prix at International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition.
2018/6/12-6/15 Introducing printable hand, prestretched-finger hand, and binding hand at FOOMA 2018 Acadamic Plaza, with demonstration of ROS-based robotic handlnig system.
2018/6/12 Our research on soft robotics was introduced in an article of Kanjuku Times, a magazine of Kanjuku school.
2018/1/28 Soft hand research was introduced in TV program "Galileo X" of BS Fuji channel.
2018/1/16 Soft hand research was introduced at web magazine "almost 0 yen university".
2017/12/13 Dr. Matsuno was nominated to Finalist for Best Conference Paper Award in SII 2017 held at Taipei.
2017/12/8 The 3rd meeting of RSJ Special Interest Group on Soft Robotics (SIG SoRo Japan)
2017/11/29-12/2 Demonstrating soft grippers and micro pneumatic valves at International Robot Exhibition
2017/11/16 "Soft Robotic Hands for Food Material Handling" at FOOMA 1Day Special Lectures
2017/10/20 Invited Presentation Soft Robotics for Locomotion and Manipulation in Special Session Soft Robotics at 17th Int. Conf. on Control, Automation and Systems (ICCAS 2017).
2017/8/10 World Business Satellite Japan (TV Tokyo) introduced our research on food modeling and printable hands.
2017/7/15 Dr. Matsuno was nominated to IEEE RCAR 2017 Best Conference Paper Finalist by Real-time Curvature Estimation of Printable Soft Gripper using Electro-conductive Yarn.
2017/6/15 Received AP Award Grand Prix at International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition. (Univ. web page)
2017/6/13-6/16 Demonstrating Soft Robotic Hands for Food Material Handling at International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition
2017/4/30 Asahi Shimbun introdiced our soft robotics research in Door to Science.
2017/4/3 Dr. Wang's proposal for Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research "Establishment of basic design principle of pneumatically driven soft actuator" was accepted.
2017/3/14 Introduced a 3D printer Objet 350 Connex 3 (Stratasys Ltd.), which can apply three different materials and print a soft part using rubber-like material.
[soft finger deforms]
Soft finger deforming
[finger design a] [finger design b] [finger design c]
[finger design a] [finger design a] [finger design b] [finger design b] [finger design c] [finger design c]
Three soft finger designs
[pick up bread] [pick up salmon]
Food grasping via soft gripper

Personnel

Name Title Degree
Zhongkui Wang Ritsumeikan University Ph.D
Tanaka Hajime M2
Nur Aliaa Binti Hamzah Graduated
Yuuki Torigoe Graduated

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Album

A printable hand picking up a bread

A printable hand picking up a piece of salmon

Packing food materials into a lunch box

Uniform chamber distribution
 

Uniform chamber distribution

Non-uniform chamber distribution

Non-uniform chamber distribution

Multi-material finger

Multi-material finger
 

Printable hand grasping cup

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