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With the right sensors, actuators and software, robots can now be given a tactile sense that imitates that of the sense of touch in humans. A specially designed robot is able to outperform humans in the identification of a wide range of materials based on their textures, according to new research from the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. This will lead to advancements in prostheses, personal assistive robots, and consumer product testing. Equipped with a new type of tactile sensor, the robot is built to mimic the function of a human fingertip.
A conceptual insect robot If you are talking about big boys’ toys, then surely being part of the military’s hush-hush research and development team would place you squarely in the front line of being able to play with such new technology. While UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) have done their bit in wars across the world to be able to scout enemy territory without putting human lives at risk, they are large – and unwieldy at times.
Robotics is the branch of technology that deals with the design, construction, operation, and application of robots , [ 1 ] as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. These technologies deal with automated machines that can take the place of humans in dangerous environments or manufacturing processes, or resemble humans in appearance, behavior, and/or cognition. Many of today's robots are inspired by nature contributing to the field of bio-inspired robotics .