Soft robotic skin provides both sense of touch and haptic feedback: Page 2 of 2

September 30, 2019 //By Julien Happich
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Researchers from two NCCR Robotics labs at EPFL have developed a novel type of touch-sensing skin whose haptic feedback can be controlled in closed-loop with high-frequency touch detection.

“For the first time, we have an entirely soft wearable interface consisting of integrated sensors and actuators, that produces a consistent tactile feedback with high fidelity” explains Harshal Sonar, a researcher in Paik's lab and the first author of the paper. “This opens the door for various applications and new research, from bidirectional communication with humans or machines to more precise, quantitative experiments on somatosensory feedback in humans”.
Next, the researchers aim to develop a fully wearable prototype for applications in rehabilitation, virtual and augmented reality. The haptic sensors could also be used in neuroscientific studies, to accurately stimulate the human body while studying dynamic brain activity in magnetic resonance experiments, note the authors.

NCCR Robotics – www.nccr-robotics.ch

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