Jun 24, 2021

Researchers create an artificial tactile skin that mimics human tactile recognition processes

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Over the past few decades, roboticists and computer scientists have developed artificial systems that replicate biological functions and human abilities in increasingly realistic ways. This includes artificial intelligence systems, as well as sensors that can capture various types of sensory data.

When trying to understand properties of objects and how to grasp them or handle them, humans often rely on their sense of touch. Artificial sensing systems that replicate human touch can thus be of great value, as they could enable the development of better performing and more responsive robots or prosthetic limbs.

Researchers at Sungkyunkwan University and Hanyang University in South Korea have recently created an artificial tactile sensing system that mimics the way in which humans recognize objects in their surroundings via their sense of touch. This system, presented in a paper published in Nature Electronics, uses to capture data associated with the tactile properties of objects.


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  1. The artificial tactile sensing system developed by this team of researchers could be integrated with existing or newly developed robotic systems to replicate the human sense of touch. This could significantly improve their performance on tasks that involve touching, grasping, and manipulating objects. (Sounds good)