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Electronic glove gives robots a sense of touch

Engineers have developed an electronic glove containing sensors that could one day give robotic hands the sort of dexterity that humans take for granted. Zhenan Bao and her team from Stanford University demonstrated that the sensors work well enough to allow a robotic hand to touch a delicate berry and handle a pingpong ball without squashing them. Bao said the sensors in the glove’s fingertips simultaneously measure the intensity and direction of pressure, two qualities essential to achieving manual dexterity. The researchers must still perfect the technology to automatically control these sensors but when they do, a robot wearing the glove could have the dexterity to hold an egg between thumb and forefinger without smashing it or letting it slip.

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