The sense of touch is the largest sensory organ that we humans possess. It provides the core stimulus that is obligatory for the development of every human life and forms the basis for understanding the world in which we live and move. If this sense is missing, e.g. if our fingers are frozen in winter, fine movements like opening a lock are difficult to perform.
What benefit could be derived from this for an "artificial" sense of touch?
- Sensitivity for wearers of hand prostheses
- Safe and skilful gripping with robotic industrial grippers
- Minimising the risk of injury when working with "sensitive" robot arms
How can this be achieved?
At CITEC, Bielefeld University, a unique tactile sensor technology was developed which can be stretched elastically, is highly robust and, with a thickness of approx. 1.5mm, is as thin as human skin. Based on electrically conductive high-tech knitted fabrics, it can be embedded in rigid structures as well as in permanently flexible garments.
A "worldwide novelty" based on this technology is our data glove with comprehensive tactile sensor technology on the inside of the hand and delicate flexion sensor technology on the back of the hand.
The glove provides rich data on the tactile properties of the human hand - a multimodal instrument for research into "manual intelligence" that is currently being used by partners in the fields of workplace ergonomics and product ergonomics.
Other products in our portfolio include artificial skin for robot hands and sensor units for hand prostheses.