Technology, RoboticsJuly 14, 2023Revolutionary soft sensors: A breakthrough in haptic sensing for robotics and prostheticsResearchers from the Munich Institute of Robotics and Machine Intelligence (MIRMI) at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed a process for creating soft sensors that can be attached to almost any object. These skin-like sensors, made using a 3D printer, provide precise data on compressive forces and deformations in real time, enabling advanced haptic sensing and facilitating a more sophisticated and sensitive interaction with objects and machines. The researchers have presented their work at the ICRA robotics conference in London, showcasing a soft, skin-like material that wraps around objects and a framework that automates the production process. By injecting conductive black paste into liquid silicone, the sensors adjust to the surface they are attached to while still providing precise data. This breakthrough technology has the potential to revolutionize industries such as robotics and prosthetics by offering wireless and customizable sensor technology for arbitrary objects and machines, opening up new possibilities for advanced haptic sensing in artificial intelligence.
Source: Technical University of Munich (TUM)