Engineers Create Robotic Skin Capable Of Feeling Touch

September 13, 2010

California (ChattahBox Technology News) – Probably one of the cooler developments in robotics in recent years, a team at UC Berkley has managed to create a type of robotic “skin” that would allow for a wider application of robots in the future.

The eskin would help to solve a problem that has long since been at the center of the create of functional, non-industrial robots set for home or medical uses: changing the original application.

In the past, there was concern because a robot couldn’t just adjust the pressure they applied to a task, making them one-purpose, for the most part. For example, if you wanted a robot that could make an omelet, you couldn’t also have it lift cars. In order to adjust it would have to be able to “feel” the weight and touch of certain objects, and identify them.

But this new skin, which is essentially a type of electronic glove, is able to feel objects and then transmit images to the “brain” or control center, so it changes its’ original task to another. It has been able to work for picking of various objects, such as a ball or egg with the right force, and even type.

The team, led by Ali Javey, hopes that this is the first step in creating a much wider solution and so means of development in the future.


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