Replicating Human Sense Of Touch Through Nerve-Like Nanotubes

Replicating Human Sense Of Touch Through Nerve-Like Nanotubes
technology

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made recent breakthroughs with modeling the complexity of human sense of touch.

Kyle Studstill
  • 26 april 2010

The development of sensor-based technology to date has naturally progressed to match our biological predispositions. Much work has been done to further the capabilities of image and audio recognition by machines, but relatively little to match our other senses. Pressure-sensitive resistors are cheap and freely available, but are very rudimentary in terms of their accuracy and complexity. Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have made recent breakthroughs with modeling the complexity of human sense of touch, working with on conductive carbon nanotubes to mimic nerve pathways. These innovations, while still in development, will eventually lead to more advanced and more functional prosthetics.

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