New Skin for Robots Help Them Perform Everyday Tasks Better


[H]F Junkie
Apr 25, 2001
Up to now it has been difficult for robots to accurately sense vibrations and shear forces that occur, for example, when a finger is sliding along a table top or when an object begins to fall. The new skin is bio-inspired and mimics the way a human finger experiences tension and compression as it slides along a surface. From surgery to bomb disposal this skin is going to change the way prosthetic limbs and other robots work.

"It’s really following the cues of human biology," said lead author Jianzhu Yin, who recently received his doctorate from the UW in mechanical engineering. "Our electronic skin bulges to one side just like the human finger does and the sensors that measure the shear forces are physically located where the nailbed would be, which results in a sensor that performs with similar performance to human fingers."
Its nice knowing robots can now feel how much pressure they need to kill us with.
Nah, is just to feel when the bones crack, since they will have a subroutine to feel pleasure when that happens.

Yeah, we are fucked.