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If you meet the new robot at the University of Bristol, it can gently shake your hand.
That’s because researchers have designed an artificial fingertip with a sense of touch nearly as sensitive as our own.

“It’s giving the hand a feel, a sense of feedback about what the fingertips are touching,” robotics professor Nathan Lepora, who is part of the research team behind the technology, told As It Happens guest host Dave Seglins. 
“Just like with our hands, we need that feeling from our fingers, which most of the time we don’t even think about.”

Source: Canadian Broadcasting Company

Date: April 14th, 2022

Link: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/asithappens/as-it-happens-the-monday-edition-1.6415906/researchers-give-a-robot-hand-the-power-of-touch-designing-a-human-like-fingertip-1.6417499

Discussion

  1. “Assistive robots that could help people … who may be old or infirm … [or] need help to get around and need help around the home to give them more of an independent life.” Why is human-like touch (haptic) required for this sort of robot?
  2. What sort of business could you set up with this technology?

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