With its 1-mm thick RoboSkin smart fabric sensor technology, BeBop Sensors, Inc. can provide tactile awareness for humanoid robots and prosthetics so they can feel interactions similar to humans. The skin-like coverings enable a true nervous system and human-like touch sensing of objects for any part of a robot including limbs, fingers, feet, head and torso.
While a wide range of outstanding cameras for vision systems, microphones for hearing and sensors for a heightened sense of smell and detection of harmful chemicals have been available for robots for quite a while, the sense of touch has not matched the capability of humans.
Human-like robots can provide critical functions in healthcare, as domestic help, in manufacturing, distribution and even situations where biohazards exist. In addition, they can have increasing presence in entertainment and companionship roles as well. If touchy/feely capability has limited a robot’s interaction in these applications, RoboSkin offers a solution. Using smart fabrics, the BeBop Sensors can comprehend force, location, size, weight, shape and presence across any size, resolution and geometry
Available immediately for a variety of applications in robotics and prosthetics, including biohazard, digital health, IoT, VR/AR, automotive, law enforcement, testing and more, BeBop Sensors has a RoboSkin reference design to assist designers determine their potential use of the technology. This includes evaluating how soft, flexible, sensing can be integrated into complex or organic forms and unlock new dimensions of machine intelligence.