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Cats Inspire Nanotechnology Whiskers For Robotics

January 23, 2014

A research team from Berkeley Lab and the UC Berkeley are creating electronic whiskers, or e-whiskers, from composite films of carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles—similar to those of rats and cats. And they’re pretty sensitive, being able to sense the equivalent of a dollar bill lying on a table. That’s pretty touchy! The researchers say that these electronic whiskers could be used by robots in the future to give them the ability to “see” and “feel” their surrounding environment.

[ Read the Article: Nanotechnology Advance: Electronic Whiskers For Robotics ]