Uniform Cellular Design of Artificial Robotic Skin

Conference: ROBOTIK 2012 - 7th German Conference on Robotics
05/21/2012 - 05/22/2012 at Munich, Germany

Proceedings: ROBOTIK 2012

Pages: 5Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Mittendorfer, Philipp; Cheng, Gordon (Institute for Cognitive Systems (ICS), Technische Universität München, Germany)

The development of artificial robotic skin is motivated by the necessity to provide robots with a rich and direct feedback of their interaction with themselves and the world. In this paper, we present a technology independent approach to build artificial skin from hexagonal shaped, intelligent unit cells, featuring cell-2-cell communication. The uniform design of the building block enables mass production and pushes transferability across various robotic systems. Based on the intelligent unit cell and redundant cell-2-cell communication, flexible and fault tolerant network self-organizing methods can be realized. With HEX-o-SKIN we introduce an implementation based on standard technologies.