Every once in a while I see a piece of technology that seems so implausible that it couldn’t possibly exist, yet it does. This robot arm with a Teflon sheet attached is just such a piece of tech. It’s so slick that it can pick up a splash of semi-liquids like ketchup or mayonnaise without even changing the shape of the puddle.
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The uses for the SWITL, as it’s called, seem pretty widespread, with the company behind it envisioning applications in packaging delicate materials like meat as one option. All I know is that I’ve watched it several times and I still cant believe how smooth it works and how the ‘gel’ materials stay in the same organic shape. It’s truly remarkable.