Artificial Skin Gives Robots the Sense of Touch

Scientists for the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences of the University of California at Berkeley have created an electronic skin that can give robots an almost human-esque sense of touch for the first time in technological history. The pressure-sensitive skin, made using germanium and silicon, is controlled via built-in capacitors which interpret changes in the skinís thickness. Depending on the change in pressure when a robot holds an object, the robot can theoretically one day act accordingly based on the objects feel.

Scientists hope that this new electronic skin could one day provide robots with an intuitive sense of touch and pressure that will expand their use in areas which still remain unseen. Perhaps one day a robot will be able to know the difference between folding your blankets and raping your wife simply through its own sense of touch.

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