Our soft, pliant hands and fingers are why we can pick up such a range of things. Robots find themselves struggling (non-sentiently..so far) to pick up the same things because of size or texture. This little video demonstrates how with a balloon and coffee grounds and a small vacuum, most objects can not only be picked up but also drawn with, thrown, play a game of HORSE..a fun and cool little video. Can be tested with your own coffee grounds, balloon, and small syringe!
Favorite comment on it by GhostFish: “Mark my words. You’re all dinosaurs, gazing in amazement at the tricks that the cute little mammals can do.”