Touchy-feely robots have sensitive skin


By Rachel Nowak in Melbourne WOULD you trust a robot around your baby? Robot maids that won’t trample the kids underfoot have come a step closer with the development of a super-stretchy conducting material that could be used to give them sensitive skin. The material was developed by a team led by Takao Someya of the University of Tokyo in Japan, who have been trying to produce a flexible covering for a robot. Pressure and temperature sensors in the “e-skin” would make the robot acutely aware of its surroundings. “Without human skin-like sensitivity,
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