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Photo: Robot with artificial skin is touched by a hand; Copyright: Astrid Eckert/TUM

Biologically-inspired artificial skin improves sensory ability of robots


Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings – a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. Inspired by human skin, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a system combining artificial skin with control algorithms and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin.
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Photo: Test subject who has flexible wireless electronics conformed to the back of the neck, with dry hair electrodes under a fabric headband and a membrane electrode on the ; Copyright: Woon-Hong Yeo

Wearable brain-machine interface could control a wheelchair


Combining new classes of nanomembrane electrodes with flexible electronics and a deep learning algorithm could help disabled people wirelessly control an electric wheelchair, interact with a computer or operate a small robotic vehicle without donning a bulky hair-electrode cap or contending with wires.
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Photo: A man tries out shared control with the robotic arm.; Copyright: 2019 EPFL / Alain Herzog

A smart artificial hand for amputees merges user and robotic control


EPFL scientists are developing new approaches for improved control of robotic hands – in particular for amputees – that combines individual finger control and automation for improved grasping and manipulation. This interdisciplinary proof-of-concept between neuroengineering and robotics was successfully tested on three amputees and seven healthy subjects.
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Photo: The electronic glove; Copyright: Purdue University/Chris Adam

Electronic glove offers 'humanlike' features for prosthetic hand users


People with hand amputations experience difficult daily life challenges, often leading to lifelong use of a prosthetic hands and services. An electronic glove, or e-glove, developed by Purdue University researchers can be worn over a prosthetic hand to provide humanlike softness, warmth, appearance and sensory perception, such as the ability to sense pressure, temperature and hydration.
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