First Autonomous Humanoid Robot with Full-Body Artificial Skin

Inspired by human skin, researchers at the Technical University of Munich have developed a system combining artificial skin with new control algorithms, and used it to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body artificial skin. The artificial skin consists of hexagonal cells about one inch in diameter. Each is equipped with a microprocessor and sensors to detect contact, acceleration, proximity, and temperature. Such artificial skin enables robots to perceive their surroundings in much greater detail and with more sensitivity. This helps them to move safely and also makes them safer when operating near people.