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Touching collaboration


Harvesting coconuts automatically would be a safer alternative to climbing. When it comes to cheese production, robots can lend a helping hand too.

But not all automated helpers are equipped with sensors to facilitate collaboration with humans.

Enter a research team from the USA and their new textile skin which can sense human contact and pressure. Comprising three layers, the ‘sweater’ can be custom-knitted to fit any shape.

Between two outer layers of conductive yarn is a patterned mesh structure. When pressure is applied, the three layers are pushed together, creating a flow of electricity.

A connected monitoring system registers the location and nature of the contact and directs the robot accordingly.

An elephant’s trunk has already provided inspiration elsewhere.

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