Our paper entitled “A Modular End Effector with Active Rolling Fingertip for Picking Cloth-like Objects” is accepted by CASE 2023.
Cloth-like items are ubiquitous in both daily life and industrial production, but their softness makes them difficult to manipulate. This paper focuses on solving the problem of automatic manipulation, especially in the scenario of flat surface by introducing a novel end-effector mechanism. The gripper utilizes a modular design concept, enabling it to be reconstructed with a varying number of fingers based on specific requirements. One of the fingers has an active rolling fingertip that rolls up the object from the table to create wrinkles, for easier grasping. Additionally, there are fingertips with revolute joints that enable fine-tuning of the grasp configuration to fix the objects. To test the effectiveness of the mechanism, we manufactured a real gripper device and mounted it on a collaborative robotic arm for grasping tests. Experiments were conducted on six kinds of cloth-like objects with different materials, grasping them from above. The experimental results show that the gripper with this mechanism configuration performs well in this scenario.