Love robotics? Fill out the form below to stay
abreast of the latest news, research, and business
analysis in key areas of the fast-changing
robotics industry
Subscribe to Robotics
Trends Insights


 
Sponsored Links

Advertise with Robotics Trends
[ view all ]
Service and Healthcare
Bookmark and Share
STORY TOOLBOX Print this story  |   Email to a friend  |   RSS feeds
Robotic Fingertip More Sensitive than Human Touch
Achievement by researchers at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering, called BioTac, could greatly aid prostheses and advance artificial intelligence.
By Robotics Trends' News Sources - Filed Jun 21, 2012

More Service and Healthcare stories
Researchers at USC's Viterbi School of Engineering have created a robotic fingertip that is more sensitive to the touch than an actual human fingertip, an achievement which could greatly aid prostheses and advance artificial intelligence. Called BioTac, the tiny machine is a "new type of tactile sensor built to mimic the human fingertip, using a newly designed algorithm to make decisions about how to explore the outside world by imitating human strategies." The sensor was only rarely confused by pairs of similar textures, between which humans could not differentiate at all.

USC Professor of Biomedical Engineering Gerald Loeb, who is half of the start up SynTouch now developing and manufacturing tactile sensors for mechatronic systems that mimic the human hand, points out that our tactile sensations are more important to our daily lives than we realize. If your hands have ever been too cold to feel, they are practically useless, even though all your muscles may be working perfectly. "The researchers say this robot touch technology could be used in human prostheses or to assist companies who employ experts to assess the feel of consumer products and even human skin."


Bookmark and Share
STORY TOOLBOX Print this story  |   Email to a friend  |   RSS feeds
  FOLLOW US
Facebook
Now you can follow Robotics Trends and
Robotics Trends Business Review on Facebook