Robots gain the sense of touch

16 May 2022

Smart fabric sensor technology company, BeBop Sensors has introduced the BeBop Sensors RoboSkin line of skin-like coverings for tactile awareness for humanoid robots and prosthetics.

A nervous system for robots at less than 1mm thick, RoboSkin is said to be the only technology that fits all robotic body parts – limbs, fingers, feet, head, and torso, to make robots ‘feel’ better. RoboSkin’s fabric-based sensor skin can be shaped to any surface enabling it to be quickly tailored to fit any robot, with spatial resolution and sensitivity that exceeds human abilities.
Advances in robotics, such as vision and listening, have been missing a key element – the sense of touch – which is essential for practical human/robot interaction.      

Commenting on the announcement, Keith McMillen, founder of BeBop Sensors, said: “I have been working with roboticists refining our RoboSkin for 10 years. We are pleased we can make this important contribution to the worldwide effort to bring humanoid robots into our lives to help people live longer, healthier, and more enjoyable lives.”

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