Fingervision’s 3D printed grippers and silicone skin give robots a sense of touch

Fingervision's 3D printed grippers and silicone skin give robots a sense of touch

Fingervision, a partially 3D printed robotic sensing system, uses a medley of affordable off-the-shelf parts to create an artificial sense of touch. This touching ability could allow a larger robotic system to perform complex manual tasks such as peeling a banana. Akihiko Yamaguchi and Christopher G. Atkeson’s title for their 2016 robotics research paper on “Fingervision” might be one of the best I’ve ever heard. And “Combining Finger Vision and Optical Tactile Sensing: Reducing and Handling Errors While Cutting Vegetables” does exactly what it says on the tin. Yamaguchi and Atkeson, two Carnegie Mellon roboticists, have developed a robotic […]

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