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$460K | 8 yrs ago

About Empire Robotics

Empire Robotics has developed a robot gripper that manipulates randomly oriented objects consistently for a low competitive cost. Empire is a Cornell University technology spinout. The company has an exclusive license to IP developed at Cornell, and is commercializing a platform robotics technology through its first product. This gripper solves a fundamental problem in the industrial automation market of gripping and manipulating varied objects. Manufacturers in food processing, auto, consumer goods, and more are the end customers.

Empire Robotics Headquarter Location

12 Channel St #202

Boston, Massachusetts, 02210,

United States


Latest Empire Robotics News

Game Changers 2015: Robots with a soft touch

May 13, 2015

Empire Robotics Soft robotics Soft Robots The word “robot” summons an image of a stiffly moving metallic machine. But imagine a new generation of supple robots that could go about their work with a gentle touch. Those machines are here. Last year, Cambridge startup Soft Robotics debuted a robotic hand that operates with strong but flexible fingers. Powered by air, it can pick up a 10-pound kettlebell but also grasp a bag of chips without damaging the contents. Unlike fingers made of harder materials, these rubber grippers can pick and package fruit and vegetables without leaving a bruise. Empire Robotics, located in Boston’s Innovation District, has radically re-imagined the future of robotic hands by eliminating the fingers. Instead, the rotund rubber “grippers” work like beanbags, enveloping an object, then hardening around it to get a grip. Empire Robotics started out as an experiment in Cornell mechanical engineer Hod Lipson’s lab, where prototypes were made of balloons filled with coffee beans. Empire’s grippers could soon be at work at consumer-goods factories, picking up bottles of shampoo and nail polish. Empire Robotics and Soft Robotics are among the Boston Globe’s Game Changers this year. Nidhi Subbaraman writes about science and research for BetaBoston. Email her at

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Empire Robotics is included in 3 Expert Collections, including Robotics.



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