oddeye - 2010-11-08 Their toilet plunger works something like this I think. This one is made from ground coffee in a ballon.
Not sure how I feel about low tech robots.
longwinded - 2010-11-08 lifting a raw egg is a goddamn triumph
eatenmyeyes - 2010-11-08 I had a vague notion of this idea(pliable tool that conforms to the task- I got tired of looking for ratchet heads) fifteen years ago but lacked the requisite scientific and engineering knowledge to make it manifest.
chumbucket - 2010-11-08 a vacuum with something soft on the suction end
Robin Kestrel - 2010-11-08 More like something soft that becomes very rigid when the air is evacuated. Each little particle of coffee becomes a gripping finger. Suction against the target object doesn't seem to come into play.
James Woods - 2010-11-08 Robot rape is going to suck. :(