Picking up objects is a major challenge for most robots and robot designers. Tasks like grasping an egg without breaking it seem almost insurmountable.
But what about trying to design a robot capable of picking up a dollop of mayonnaise or ketchup? Think it's impossible? Think again:
This amazing device, developed by Furukawa Kiko, was designed for applications in the food processing industry, but the company is actively interested in expanding its use to other fields.
One guess at how they might be accomplishing this feat of magic after the break:
Via a comment by Dominic Brown on Pink Tentacle