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A sense for touch

Will a sense of touch similar to that of humans ever be developed in robots? Results on the physics of friction for fingerprint-like ridges sliding across textured surfaces may lead the way to tactile robotic sensors.

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Figure 1: The friction force.


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Mate, C., Carpick, R. A sense for touch. Nature 480, 189–190 (2011).

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