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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Whiskers as Sensors

Tactile sensors, like the idea of using new kinds of sensors.  Imagine the increased number of data points that could be gathered and fed to deep learning techniques.   Added to visual sensory input.

Want a Robot that can really feel?  Give it Whiskers.   By Matt Simon in Wired
" ... Whiskers are all the rage in nature, so why not give them to robots? Mechanical engineer Mitra Hartmann of Northwestern University is doing just that. In a new paper published in the journal Soft Robotics, Hartmann and her team detail how they’ve pulled one step closer to a rat-like machine that can feel an object and pinpoint it in 3-D space. Meaning robots of all kinds could soon get a powerful new sense. ... " 

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