VEX IQ Curriculum - Mechanisms
Object Manipulation (Grades 4-8)
In mobile and competition robotics, an Object Manipulator is a mechanism that allows a robot to interact with objects in its environment. There are three basic categories of Object Manipulators: Plows, Scoops, and Friction Grabbers.
Regardless of which category an Object Manipulator fits into, some are designed to handle single objects, while others are designed to collect and hold multiple objects. Any specialized Object Manipulator designed to collect and hold multiple objects at one time is known as an Accumulator. Accumulators, when desired, can allow for greater efficiency of an object manipulation system.