Robot with the ‘Human Touch’

Published by , December 19, 2016 3:20 am

(RobotShop) A robotic arm equipped with a “real” sense of touch could perform much more complex, difficult and intricate tasks, for example, grasping an egg without breaking it. Therefore the important question would be how to give robots a sense of touch comparable to that of humans?
A group of researchers at Cornell University led by Robert Shepherd, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and principal investigator at their Organic Robotics Lab might have the answer. The Science Robotics journal recently published their paper under the name “Optoelectronically innervated soft prosthetic hand via stretchable optical waveguides”, in which the researchers from Cornell University introduced their robot arm “Gentle Bot” capable of human touch.

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