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— The paper focuses on the manufacturing technology of modular components for large-area tactile sensors, which are made of arrays of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) piezoelectric polymer taxels integrated on flexible PCBs. PVDF transducers were chosen for the high electromechanical transduction frequency bandwidth (up to 1 kHz for the given application).… (More)
—Humanoid robots use tactile fingertips to perform object manipulation. In this paper, an improved prototype of a tactile capacitive fingertip for the hands of the humanoid robot iCub is presented. In particular, a conductive silicone based material has been used to improve the characteristics of the capacitive sensor and an additional silicone foam layer… (More)
The development and realization of micropipettes and micropumps has captured the interest of people working in both biomedical and chemical areas for the capability of managing very low quantity of liquid (drug, biological liquid or expensive reagent) as well as everyone interested in controlling small flows for dedicated applications. In this paper a novel… (More)
Magnetic bioassay is becoming of great interest in several application including magnetic separation, drug delivery, hyperthermia treatments, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic labelling. The latter can be used to localize bio-entities (e.g. cancer tissues) by using magnetic markers and high sensitive detectors. To this aim SQUIDs can be adopted,… (More)
In this paper, we describe the artificial skin of the humanoid robot iCub. It gives pressure measurement and surface information about the contact surface between the robot and the environment General Terms Measurement, Design.