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 Guide robot steers with a tender touch

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Date posted: 15/01/2009

Previous attempts to use robots to guide limbs have required the person concerned to be strapped to them. Now a team at the University of Karlsruhe, Germany, is developing a human-sized machine which is able to lightly hold a person's forearm and steer them in the appropriate direction.

The team has equipped the robot with a camera at neck height that detects the person's position. A sensor on its palm guides its movements as it reaches out to touch the person's forearm, while touch sensors on its fingertips adjust its grip to prevent it being too heavy-handed. If the person starts to wriggle, the robot quickly releases its hold.

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