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giovedì, agosto 21st, 2008

Japanese researchers craft "e-skin" to let robots feel

da Engadget di Donald Melanson

Filed under: The folks at the University of Tokyo have been trying to create more touchy, feely robots for what seems like ages,
and they now look to have made some real progress with their so-called
"e-skin," which promises to give robots a more human-like sense of
touch. To do that, the researchers created a bendable rubber sheet
filled with carbon nanotubes, which lets the "skin" conduct electricity
even when it’s stretched. When combined with sensors, that would let
robots feel heat or pressure, which the researchers say is essential
"as robots enter our everyday life." They also, not surprisingly, see a
whole host of other applications for the technology, including on
steering wheels that could judge whether people are fit to drive and in
stretchable displays that could start out as a tiny sheet and be
stretched to a larger size when you want to watch TV.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments

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