Researchers develop synthetic touch arrays with sensitivity of human fingertips


Humans are already starting to sympathize with robots, but US and Chinese researchers want to give robotics an even more humanlike touch — quite literally. A pair of scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and a colleague at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing have developed a new kind of 3D circuit array capable of providing the touch sensitivity of a human fingertip. “This would be useful in applications such as artificial/prosthetic skin, smart biomedical treatments and intelligent robotics in which the arrays would sense what was in contact with them,” explains a Georgia Tech news release.

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