Press release on "Sensitive robots are safer"
Sensitive synthetic skin enables robots to sense their own bodies and surroundings – a crucial capability if they are to be in close contact with people. Inspired by human skin, a team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has developed a system combining artificial skin with control algorithms and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin. This is the topic of a press release by TUM, send out today on the occasion of the publication of the paper:
Gordon Cheng, Emmanuel Dean-Leon, Florian Bergner, J. Rogelio Guadarrama Olvera, Quentin Leboutet and Philipp Mittendorfer, "A Comprehensive Realization of Robot Skin: Sensors, Sensing, Control, and Applications". Proceedings of the IEEE (2019). DOI: 10.1109/JPROC.2019.2933348.
There is also a illustrating the concept: https://youtu.be/M-Y2HW6JcGI