Soft skin pads with sensors made from thermoplastic urethane can be efficiently manufactured using 3D printers, enhancing safety and tactile sensing in robots

Tech Explorist June 10, 2024, 02:00 PM UTC

Summary: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed soft skin pads with sensors from thermoplastic urethane using 3D printers. These pads enhance safety and tactile sensing in robots, offering cost-effective solutions. The pads can halt movement near hazardous areas and interpret touches as instructions. This innovation simplifies robotic interactions and maintenance, potentially revolutionizing human-robot interactions.

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    Bio-skin enhances robot touch with human-like sensitivity (Singularity Hub)
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