|Skin and Souls
||[Aug. 16th, 2005|11:01 am]
Gadgets for Geeks to Drool Over
Robots get covered in skin
Artificial skin has been invented to enable robots to experience the sensation of touch.
Some can run, others can track your movements, and there are even ones that can vacuum the lounge and clean your pool. The rise of the robots is in full swing people, and now they're in line for a serious upgrade - robot skin! This new invention will enable them to feel pressure and temperature.
According to the BBC, researchers at the University of Tokyo created the robo-skin by weaving circuits, sensors and countless other bits of clever kit into a thin plastic-like film. And it's reported to be flexible enough to cover every awkwardly-shaped inch of a robot.
It doesn't stop there though. Although this robo-skin is intended to mimic human skin, future versions will include non-human sensory abilities such as light and strain-measuring.
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