One skin to provide flexible robots sense of touch

De la peau pour les robotsThe robots experiencing emotions are a good topic of science fiction, and a Holy Grail for researchers intelligence artificially. Mais machines equipped with a different kind of feeling, the sense of touch, may emerge soon. The results of a new study represent a significant advance in this direction. Scientists have developed a flexible artificial skin sensitive to pressure and temperature.
Last year, Takao Someya of the University of Tokyo and his team have announced that they had developed an electronic artificial skin, ‘E-skin “capable of detecting the pressure. But he lacked their establishment’s ability to feel the heat and it was not flexible enough to adapt to three-dimensional surfaces such as robot fingers. Someya’s team has now corrected these deficiencies by integrating circuits organic transistors pressure-sensitive and semi-conductor sensitive to heat in a thin plastic sheet.
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Humanoid robots more intelligent

Des robots humanoïdes encore plus intelligents In 2005, Honda launched its latest humanoid called Asimo. Since then, the Japanese manufacturer focuses on improving the intelligence of these robots. And it works.
The faculties of communication and autonomy of Asimo have increased. They are able to decide on the choice of their tasks and know when they must recharge their batteries. In communication with other Asimo present in the vicinity, the robots will divide the tasks, are experiencing levels of batteries each and share information on their future work. Continue reading