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Cornell University created extensible sensors that give virtual reality and robots a ‘human touch’

The extensible sensors combines the material used for the LED and inexpensive dyes. It was the way to make silica fibers compatible.

The simple fact that robotics and virtual reality are advancing in simultaneous steps is impressive. Scientists from the Cornell University have created a function of sensors applicable to devices within robots. In addition they can also be used for medicine, and has to do with virtual reality.

This is an extendable sensor, which could change the way squishy robots function and feel. They say that thanks to these sensors, the robots could feel a lot.

This sensor is created based on fiber optics that combines two key elements. One of them is the material of the Led and the other is tlow cost intes. The result obtained after this combination is a synthetic leather. It is capable of stretching. It also detects deformations that come from pressure, bending and tension.

« This sensor could give smooth robotic systems, and anyone using augmented reality technology, the ability to feel the same rich tactile sensations that mammals rely on to navigate the natural world, » the house of studies reports in its portal.

Usefulness of extensible sensors

The researchers behind this invention intend to commercialize the device for physiotherapy. It would also be very useful for sports medicine.

« We know that soft materials can be deformed in a very complicated and combinatorial way, and that many deformations occur at the same time. We wanted a sensor that could uncouple them, » he said. Hedan bai, one of the students in charge of the project, from Cornell University.