Artificial Intelligence

Smart skin for robots? Easier said than done

Robots can walk, see, talk, hear and smell. But getting them to feel touch is proving difficult Image: REUTERS/Issei Kato

Ajay Pandey
Senior Lecturer, Intelligent Bionics and Soft Robotics, Queensland University of Technology
Jonathan Roberts
Professor in Robotics, Queensland University of Technology
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A single touch element made up of a dome over some OLED pixels. Top, when nothing touches the dome an equal amount of light reflects from the light emitting pixel B, to the light detecting pixels A and C. Bottom, when something touches the dome, it is deformed and the amount of reflected light changes between pixels A and C.
A single touch element made up of a dome over some OLED pixels. Top, when nothing touches the dome an equal amount of light reflects from the light emitting pixel B, to the light detecting pixels A and C. Bottom, when something touches the dome, it is deformed and the amount of reflected light changes between pixels A and C. Image: Ajay Pandey
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