Reskin allows robots to feel

Meta AI researchers, together with Carnegie Mellon University, developed a new skin called ReSkin that allows robots to feel.

ReSkin is made of an elastic material resembling rubber with embedded magnetic particles. When the skin touches something, it deforms. The circuit board tracks these changes and communicates them to artificial intelligence as a sense of touch.  

The sense of touch has been a challenge in robotics. Current sensors are either too expensive or come with many issues. ReSkin offers a cost-efficient, versatile, durable, and replaceable solution for this problem. It can effectively be used for more than 50,000 interactions, including slipping, throwing, catching, clapping, and maneuvering small objects. For wear and tear, it can be easily stripped off and replaced.

What do you think of this innovation? Are you excited about the applications of ReSkin in robots? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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