This week researchers at the Meta AI research platform in collaboration with the University
“Reliable tactile sensations are a problem areain robotics, ”says Lerrell Pinto, assistant professor of computer science at New York University. - The sensors that are in use now are either too expensive, or they have low sensitivity, or they are simply too bulky to use. ReSkin can solve some of these problems. Its lightweight and small form factor makes it compatible with arbitrary grips. "
How it works?When the ReSkin comes in contact with something, the plastic it is made of deforms, adjusting the magnetic field created by the embedded particles. The PCB then tracks these changes and communicates them to the artificial intelligence. The printed circuit board then transmits these changes as force (touch). The new technology allows touch detection with a force of 0.1 Newton with an accuracy of 1 mm.
ReSkin features economical production,the wholesale price is less than $ 6 per 100 units. The material is 2-3mm thick and can be used for over 50,000 interactions without the need for replacement.
So far, researchers have testedReSkin on robotic arms, tactile gloves, sleeves and even dog shoes. In the course of these experiments, scientists have collected useful data that will help in the development of new technology. They concluded that the ReSkin is also ideal for quick manipulations such as sliding, throwing, catching and clapping. When the leather finally wears out (after 50,000 interactions), it can be easily removed and replaced.
According to Interesting Engineering, the new skin may find its use in the "metaverse" in the near future.
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