Like the human finger, the group's BioTac® sensor has a soft, flexible skin over a liquid filling. (Credit: USC)
Robots Get A Feel For The World: Touch More Sensitve Than A Human's -- Science Daily
ScienceDaily (June 18, 2012) — What does a robot feel when it touches something? Little or nothing until now. But with the right sensors, actuators and software, robots can be given the sense of feel -- or at least the ability to identify different materials by touch.
Researchers at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering published a study June 18 in Frontiers in Neurorobotics showing that a specially designed robot can outperform humans in identifying a wide range of natural materials according to their textures, paving the way for advancements in prostheses, personal assistive robots and consumer product testing.
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My Comment: This has many real world applications.