Saturday, January 16, 21:02
Home inet University makes artificial skin to help robots "feel"

University makes artificial skin to help robots "feel"

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) announced on Wednesday that they are carrying out work aimed at giving robots a sense of touch through artificial skin.

The two researchers, who are also members of the Intel Neuromorphic Research Community (INRC), presented a study that demonstrates the promise of visual and tactile sensation, combined with Intel neuromorphic processing for robotics.

Most robots today are based solely on visual processing and do not have the sense of touch that humans have.

The researchers hope to change that by using artificial skin, which NUS believes will be able to detect touches more than 1.000 times faster than the human sensory nervous system. Artificial leather, NUS said, will also be able to recognize the shape, texture and hardness of objects "10 times faster than the eye".

The director of Intel Neuromorphic Computing Lab, Mike Davies, said the research provides a glimpse into the future of robotics where information is felt and processed in a fact-based way.


NUS said activating a human sense of touch in robotics could significantly improve the current Functionality, offering the example of robotic arms equipped with artificial leather that could easily adapt to changes in factory-made products, using the sense of touch to recognize and grasp unknown objects with the right pressure to prevent slipping.

Intel is helping researchers by providing a chip developed inside the robot to draw accurate conclusions based on real-time skin sensing data.

They also need an artificial one brain who can finally achieve the perception and learning that is another very crucial piece of the puzzle. Our unique demonstration of a dermal artificial intelligence system with neuromorphs chip such as the Intel Loihi is an important step forward in power efficiency and scalability.

Using Intel's Loihi neuromorphic research chip in their original experiment, the researchers used a robotic arm with artificial skin to read words written in braille, transferring data to Loihi via in cloud to turn hand-felt gadgets into a "semantic concept".

Intel said the Loihi achieved more than 92% accuracy in classifying Braille letters, while using 20 times less power than a standard Von Neumann processor.

Based on this work, the NUS team further improved the capabilities of robotic perception by combining vision and touch data with a neural network. To do this, they instructed a robot to sort various opaque containers containing different amounts of liquid, using sensory inputs from artificial skin and a camera.

The received sensor data was then sent to GPUs and Loihi for comparison processing capabilities. The researchers recorded that the combination of sight and touch, brought 10% greater accuracy in classifying objects compared to a system that uses only vision.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Teo Ehc
Teo Ehc
Be the limited edition.


Emotet has "evolved" and is at the top of the malware charts!

The infamous Emotet trojan returns to the top of the malware charts, having been "refreshed" and evolved to be more difficult to detect. The world ...

Signal: How to protect your messages with passcode?

In recent days the Signal messaging application has become quite popular. The Signal ...

The 5 best secure alternatives for WhatsApp

WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging platforms, but it is definitely not accepted by everyone. Especially after his last ...

Android: How to see which apps have access to your site

It's no secret that smartphone apps have access to many permissions - if you let them. It is important to make sure ...

Canon lets you take pictures from space

Instead of releasing new cameras for CES 2021, Canon is doing something different: It lets you take pictures from space ....

Wikipedia vs Big tech: Who fights misinformation?

As Election Day turned into US Election Week, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were trying to prevent ...

Tesla: It is called to recall cars due to problematic screens

The touch screen in some Tesla cars seems to have a problem, which could ...

Ransomware is responsible for half of all data breaches in hospitals

Almost half of the data breaches committed in hospitals and the wider healthcare sector are due to ransomware attacks, ...

Astronomers have just found the oldest oversized black hole

A quasar was discovered in a dark corner of space - over 13,03 billion light-years away - and contains a ...

What are the best and most affordable 5G phones for 2021

The market will soon be flooded with mid-range 5G devices. Everything that happens will be really exciting: you will be able to ...