Feels sensational, says robot finger

2019-03-02 01:02:01

ROBOTS can reach people trapped under a collapsed building, fire weapons and even perform brain surgery, but they still struggle to pick a coin up off the ground. That’s because although robotic hands are remarkably dextrous (see “Get a grip”), they can’t “feel” where one surface ends and another begins. A new robotic finger developed by Koh Hosoda and colleagues at Osaka University in Japan can distinguish between different materials, such as paper, cork, vinyl or wood,