Tactile robot finger could pave the way for advancements in prostheses (page 2)
[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com The day dreamed up by Isaac Asimov in his novels has started to unfold, as robots have become one step closer to being better than man at the sense of touch. Researchers with the USC Viterbi School of Engineering have developed a robot finger called BioTac that is more sensitive to touch than the human hand, capable of identifying randomly selected material 85 percent of the time. The finger has a fingerprint on its "skin" that gives it more sensitivity to vibration than previous machines. It also has a soft coating similar to human tissue. The researchers wrote in the journal Frontiers in Neurorobotics that they were able to make BioTac distinguish 117 common materials gathered from fabric, stationary, and hardware stores. BioTac was rarely confused when trying to discern between pairs by similar textures that human subjects often were confused by. The robot finger has a tiny microphone inside called a hydrophone that is used to pick up vibrations. T
Researchers at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering were able to develop a tactile robot that can reportedly outperform humans in identifying a ...
Tue 19 Jun 12 from Ubergizmo
Researchers in the US have developed a robot that can touch and identify more than 100 common materials.
Wed 20 Jun 12 from The Engineer
[ Watch the Video ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com The day dreamed up by Isaac Asimov in his novels has started to unfold, as robots have become one step closer to being better than man at ...
Thu 21 Jun 12 from RedOrbit
Los Angeles (UPI) Jun 19, 2012 Researchers in California say a robot equipped with a sensor to mimic the human fingertip has a touch more sensitive than a human's. The specially designed ...
Wed 20 Jun 12 from SpaceDaily
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 give the sense of feel?or at least to identify ...
Tue 19 Jun 12 from R&D Mag
What does a robot feel when it touches something? Little or nothing until now. Specially designed robots can now be equipped with a sense of touch even more sensitive than that of humans.
Mon 18 Jun 12 from ScienceDaily
What does a robot feel when it touches something? Little or nothing until now. Researchers at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering published a study in Frontiers in Neurorobotics showing that ...
Mon 18 Jun 12 from Eurekalert
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