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Commercial feasibility of an integrated soft robotic system for industrial handling

Objective

"Picking and placing objects that are orderly presented to a robot is a task that can be easily performed by current robots. However, grasping and manipulating objects randomly placed in an unstructured environment remains one of the hardest challenges for robots. Examples of complex picking industrial applications include (i) bin picking for part feeding, (ii) raw food handling and (iii) waste sorting for recycling. Within the ""SoftHandler"" ERC Proof of Concept project, we propose to develop new industrial-grade systems, comprised of end-effectors based on the ""SoftHands"" technology, integrated with a novel manipulator, for automated picking and placing of objects of heterogeneous dimension, shape, weight, position and strength. The Proof of Concept project will be focused on building a commercially viable prototype, and demonstrating it in real-world scenarios.

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Call for proposal

ERC-2018-PoC
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Host institution

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Italy
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 71 750

Beneficiaries (2)

FONDAZIONE ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI TECNOLOGIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 71 750
Address
Via Morego 30
16163 Genova
Activity type
Research Organisations
QBROBOTICS SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 78 250
Address
Via Giuntini 13, Lotto I,2 Piano Int M
56023 Navacchio Cascina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)