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Planes, trains, automobiles? Not quite yet: Factory 2050 in Sheffield, UK, isn’t building anything you can buy. Instead, the brains behind the project are rethinking the manufacturing process itself, aiming to change how we make everything from airplanes to nuclear power plants.

Inside the factory, things are looking a little unfinished. It opened in January, and the team from the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are still moving in. The place is sparkling clean, and smells like a newly furnished IKEA, but it’s gearing up to change the way whole industries work by applying virtual reality, robotics and bitcoin’s blockchain.

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Ask most robots to pick up an egg and you end up with… broken eggs. But this pair of automated fingers uses an incredibly delicate thin film and some simple physics to grasp fragile objects with relative ease.

Developed by researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, the system uses to flaps of silicone which contain specially shaped electrodes.

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