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Robot Hand Can Sense Objects Before Touching Them

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Over at Intel's R&D fair, Wired got to play with a robot hand that is able to sense an object it's about to come in contact with before actually touching it. Using electrolocation, the fingertips of the robot hand send out a weak electrical impulse, and approaching objects interfere with that impulse, which allows the hand to form to the object before touching it.

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The ultimate goal for Intel researchers is to give robots the sense of pre-touch, which they describe as having a range longer than touch, but shorter than vision (kinda vague, no?). Anyways, the video is worth watching, just to see the claw adjust to objects placed within its proximity. [Wired Science]

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@Elliuotatar: Sometimes I think it's more than that. I, and I'm sure many others, can usually sense the presence of somebody walking in a room or standing behind them whether or not they actually hear them. It's also never failed that the other person I am looking at on the freeway usually turns to acknowledge my passing interest which is especially comical when they have their finger up their nose (as I so often do).