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Whether you’re talking Velcro or plane wings, nature is a constant source of inspiration when it comes to human invention.

Now, with its 40,000 muscles, an elephant’s trunk has served as the driving force for the development of a microhydraulic robot.

It can grasp, pick up and release objects of different sizes and weights.

A highly sensitive force sensor helps to modify the device’s grip.

The aim is to deploy the technology in the agricultural and food sectors where fragile objects are routinely handled.

Dumbo would be pleased!

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