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Even though the sense of touch is crucial for humans, most humanoid robots lack tactile sensing. While a large number of sensing technologies exist, it is not trivial to incorporate them into a robot. We have developed a compliant “skin” for humanoids that integrates a distributed pressure sensor based on capacitive technology. The skin is(More)
A novel artificial skin for covering the whole body of a humanoid robot is presented. It provides pressure measurements and shape information about the contact surfaces between the robot and the environment. The system is based on a mesh of sensors interconnected in order to form a networked structure. Each sensor has 12 capacitive taxels, has a triangular(More)
This paper deals with the problem of estimating the position of tactile elements (i.e. taxels) that are mounted on a robot body part. This problem arises with the adoption of tactile systems with a large number of sensors, and it is particularly critical in those cases in which the system is made of flexible material that is deployed on a curved surface. In(More)
This paper describes automated procedures for the design and deployment of artificial skin for humanoid robots. This problem is challenging under different perspectives: on the one hand, different robots are characterized by different shapes, thereby requiring a high degree of skin customization; on the other hand, it is necessary to define optimal criteria(More)
A novel embedded distributed capacitive tactile sensor system designed to be installed on humanoid robots is presented. It provides pressure and shape information about the contacts with objects and the environment. The system is based on conformable mesh of sensors having triangular shape, interconnected in order to form a networked structure. Each(More)