The fact that WNYers have perfected beer pong shouldn’t be surprising, but the technology involved is. Empire Robotics has invented Versaball, a unique gripping mechanism for robots that can pick-up almost anything, even ping pong balls as Fallon found out on the Tonight Show. This technology has gotten coverage from TIME, Scientific American, MSNBC, The Washington Post and others. Clearly, Empire Robotics is ready for prime time! Founded in 2012 by graduates of UB and Cornell, the company raised funding from a group of Buffalo Angels, among others, in 2014. Now, the folks at the new advanced manufacturing institute, Buffalo Manufacturing Works, are adding Empire Robotics technology to their arsenal of flexible automation tools. Could Empire Robotics’ technology could help your company automate? Probably. But it can CERTAINLY help you beat all comers in beer pong. See the video here.