Our soft robotic gripper, Gentle, can handle pretty much anything without causing any damage to them. Because Gentle uses mechanical intelligence and was designed with a very simplistic approach, its production cost thus the price is lower than the competition by an order of magnitude (i.e. 10 times).
Gentle is a cost-effective and humane alternative to using human workers to perform one the most mundane industrial tasks, picking and packing, heavily seen in produce supply and order fulfillment.
Who we are, what we do!
Ubiros is an early-stage WPI-based startup, set out to free humans from picking and packing tasks, one of the most mundane tasks done by humans, so that they can focus on more value-added activities. Businesses will also get 10 times more efficient in the process.
There simply aren’t enough people to work in warehouses to meet the demand.Bruce WeltyChairman at Locus Robotics Corporation
We conservatively estimate that US food warehouses currently spend $20B annually in labor costs to perform low-skill simple picking and placing operations. We believe our greatest addressable markets are food packaging and e-commerce order fulfillment, both of which currently utilize human packers and stowers.
We built a soft robotic gripper, we call Gentle, that can handle pretty much anything without causing any damage to even the most delicate objects like eggs, tomatoes, glass bottles, or a bag of chips.
Compared with current solutions, Gentle has numerous advantages:
Gentle is entirely electric motor driven. So it is plug-and-play. It does not need a huge air compressor and any other peripheral device. Thus, Gentle is significantly more deployable on any existing robotic system.
Gentle uses soft fingers that conform to the shape of objects automatically even if the target object shape and size vary significantly.
3) Cost effective:
Because of its simple and lean design, Gentle costs a tenth of what the competition costs.
About Our Team
Cagdas D. Onal, PhD
CTO & Co-founder
Robotics Professor at WPI and inventor of Gentle. 10 years of experience in soft robotics.
CAD & Manufacturing Specialist
10+ years of hands-on experience in computer aided design (CAD) and manufacturing.
Product Development Intern
Mechanical Design and Production Engineer; Grad Student at WPI.