Soft Robotics

Soft Robotics

Soft Robotics Inc.



Dr. George Whitesides at Harvard University inspired by the tentacles of an octopus, developed a new class of robotic actuators built entirely of smart elastomeric materials. 


We have built a fundamentally new class of robotic grippers that are adaptive, plug and play, repeatable and reliable. Our advanced air actuated soft elastomeric end effectors enable novel industrial applications including warehouse logistics, advanced assembly and food handling where sanitation and delicate manipulation are important. Our system improves quality, productivity, safety and flexibility for better response to market.


Conventional robotic grippers are expensive and incapable of operating in warehousing, manufacturing, and food processing environments where the uncertainty and variety in the weight, size and shape of products being handled has prevented automated solutions from working in the past. To solve this problem we have built a fundamentally new class of robotic grippers that are adaptive, inexpensive, and simple to use. 


  • Fully integrated, turn-key, plug and play with all commercial robot controllers.
  • High speed controller (>3 Hz) with millisecond precision.
  • Repeatable and reliable. 


  • Wide range of adaptable gripper configurations.


  • Full control of grip closing force and opening width. Ability to program and store up to 8 grip profiles.

About the Company

Soft Robotics Inc. is addressing the unmet needs of robotic manipulation through our proprietary and novel soft gripping technology. Our company is focused on reducing the complexity, expanding the adaptability, and disrupting the cost of robotic manipulation systems. We believe that by solving this problem, we can enable automation in new areas of logistics, manufacturing, and material handling.

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