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New Artificial Skin is as Sensitive as Human Fingertips

New Artificial Skin is as Sensitive as Human Fingertips | Biomimicry | Scoop.it
By using a nano-sized 3D array, scientists have created "smart skin" that accurately mimics the sense of touch. It could eventually be used in robotics, human-computer interfaces, and advanced prosthetic devices.
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Shrew's Whiskers Get Robotic Touch

Shrew's Whiskers Get Robotic Touch | Biomimicry | Scoop.it

There are bionic eyes, ears and even noses and robots can see and hear even better than humans. But a sense of touch is still a challenge. So a group of European researchers turned to whiskers for inspiration. Humans can sense quite a bit with their fingertips, but animals like cats and mice use whiskers as a touch sensor. One reason for looking to whiskers (otherwise known as vibrissae) is that they're more durable than skin-like sensors placed on robotic fingers, which get a lot of wear and tear. Whiskers are also good for dark places where a camera might not be able to see.

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