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August 11, 2015 AT 3:00 am

Animal Whiskers Inspire Robots With Whiskers #Biomimicry


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Robot with e-whiskers, inspired by cat and more whiskers, are able to sense more. via guardian

Robots with whiskers might sound odd, but, according to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, silver nano particle and carbon nanotube whisker-like sensors on robots might enable the robots to collect and analyze data and bring human/robot interfaces closer to reality. Who knows? Whiskers on robots might become one of your “favorite things,” along with “Raindrops on roses” and “warm woolen mittens.”…

Within human/robot interfaces, the whiskers could be used in a wide range of applications. They could be used, for instance, to sense someone’s pulse or heartbeat, or even to help create 3-D models of wind flow. The whiskers could also become an integral part of the robots’ artificial electronic skins, so that their experiences become more life-like.

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