Skin replacement? Stem cells? What is this about?
Not biology, you see.
No? Ok, what is the subject then?
Physics, or more precisely, robotics.
So this is skin that you use on a robot?
Yes, you could do that, but do not need to. See, the skin itself is robotic. So it can be wrapped around any soft object to turn it into a robot and make it move. Like if we wrap it around a doll or a toy.
What is it made of then? Some kind of?
Yes, they are called pneumatic actuators – something that makes stuff go back to their original shape like memory foam – it makes movement possible; plus sensors, packed together in elastic sheets.
I recall a new robotic innovation called Kengoro perspires.
Yes, that exercising robot that came up in 2017, why bring it up?
First we had a robot that perspires, and now this OmniSkins actually makes the robot soft – even more like a human, no?
Ah, precisely. And a group of scientists have presented the idea in Science Robotics last month and have claimed that used of OmniSkins makes the robot more versatile. Use of multiple skins can produce complicated movements too.
Assisted Surgery, Flawless Backflip: Milestones Achieved By Robots
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A robot boat, SB Met, recently sailed into history by becoming the first unmanned vessel to cross the Atlantic. It completed an 1,800-mile trip from Canada to Ireland. But, it’s not the first robot to make news for achieving a milestone.
Here’s a brief account of milestones achieved by robots from surgery to
(Text: Rajarshi Bhattacharjee)
We are getting there, you see?
Biology. There is more biology in robotics these days.
Been there all along, actually, and is called bio-robotics – how robotics can learn from human or animal movements, combines bionics, cybernetics and all that.
That reminds me of…
The Terminator movies?