Robots can do a lot of things, but can they feel? Well it looks like at
least one of them can. It looks like a group of roboticist from the
Department of Biomedical
Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The team, which is
being led by a student of Rodney Brooks, a roboticist of some note, has
made an arm that is dexterous enough to find a coin in your pocket.
While that may not sound too impressive by itself, but the pocket was
full of other items that made the task harder.
For now the details of the project, in terms of technology. The
project is currently being funded by the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency. Similar projects, with smarter touching robots
are currently used to milk cows. Other next generation touch sensors are being developed
by competing universities, such as Harvard. So, the next generation of
robots may be able to feel almost as well as you and I can.
Source: Boston Globe
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