Scientists are developing a synthetic skin for robots which will enable vital communication palpable through touch.
This will enhance the way robots respond to touch for example they may be able to change direction if they hit an object.
Philip Mittendorfer, the scientist who is developing the artificial skin at the Institute of Cognitive Systems at TUM explained that the robotic skin has six temperature sensors and an accelerometer.
"This allows the machine to accurately register the movement of individual limbs, for example, of its arms, and thus to learn what body parts it has just moved. We try to pack many different sensory modalities into the smallest of spaces," explains the engineer. In addition, it is easy to expand the circuit boards to later include other sensors, for example, pressure." Mittendorfer said.