Giving the machines fingers to pick up delicate products like Peeps and bagels makes them much more useful
Every year, Just Born Quality Confections makes about two billion brightly colored marshmallow treats known as Peeps. That’s a lot of Peeps. But the company hopes that a new line of Peeps-friendly “soft robots” will send that number even higher this year.
In August, the Bethlehem, Pa., candy maker will begin installing at its factory 16 robots with squishy blue “fingers” that can pick up and hold the pillowy Peeps without bruising them.