Touch-Senstive Skin Makes for Safer Robots

Touch-Senstive Skin Makes for Safer Robots
The H-I autonomous humanoid robot is fully covered in a touch-sensitive artificial skin, making it much safer for working with humans.

The synthetic skin made up of an array of 13,000 separate sensors able to measure proximity, pressure, temperature and acceleration. Such a large number of sensors also demands greater computing power, so the team from the Technical University of Munich turned to an event-based system that only transmits information when a value has changed. This method is much like how the human nervous system works, and reduced the processing demand by up to 90 percent.

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