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Robot with a Human Touch

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A soft robot has been created that can feel its surroundings internally, much like humans do. Using stretchable optical waveguides as curvature, elongation and force sensors in a soft robotic hand, researchers at Cornell University have overcome the hindrances often associated with using motorized means for sensing. Capabilities of the hand. (a) Holding a coffee mug; (b and c) grasping a tomato with the palm facing down (b) and the palm facing up (c); (d) shaking a human hand; (e) lateral scanning over surfaces to detect roughness and shape; and (f) probing the softness of a soft...Read full article

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