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Skynet Update: Robots to Get Sense of Touch

Scientists at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln have developed a sensitive, flexible film that can mimic human touch. Only 100 nanometers thick (1,000 times thinner than a piece of paper), it registers pressure so finely that it is able to “read” the letters on a penny. Now, a few years down the line, when your robot maid flips out and breaks your neck in the middle of the night, it will be able to appreciate the satisfying feel of the snap as well as the sound. Ah, science…you’ll get us all killed yet.

Found via Nature.


  • Widge, robots are going to be too busy exploring that new sense of touch on their I/O ports to mess with us.

  • Cos,

    I just wanted to point out that Tommy Lee must have had somethig to do with this. He was a ‘student’ there just a year ago and now we see this startling scientific breakthrough. Those Motley Crue guys are soooo cool.