Artificial brain gives robot the smarts for complex tasks

Researchers gave a new robot a "brain", human-like "skin," and vision sensors. The result? A much smarter robot.

National University of Singapore • futurity
July 29, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: artificial-intelligence robots brains touch sensors biomimicry science-and-technology

Robotic hand uses soft touch to grip and grab

A new robotic hand may offer just the right touch for automated packaging, medical applications, and picking fruit.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
July 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: robots touch science-and-technology hands

Slow touches make Venus flytraps snap shut

Venus flytraps can not only snap shut when a fly or spider tickles their hairs, but also when slower prey trigger them, research finds.

U. Zurich • futurity
July 13, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: insects plants touch science-and-technology predators

Genes may explain why some people love to hug

Twins show that genes play a significant role in how affectionate women are, but not guys. Plus, tips for how huggers can get through social distancing.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: gender genes twins touch featured society-and-culture social-lives

New VR tech simulates touching walls and other stuff

Virtual reality is great at taking users on a visual journey. But it's not so good for simulating touching objects. A new device could change that.

Byron Spice-Carnegie Mellon • futurity
April 28, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: virtual-reality touch senses featured science-and-technology

Your skin computes info from touch

Your skin is smarter than it may seem. Rather than just gather data on touch, skin actually helps process that information, researchers say.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB • futurity
April 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: skin brains touch senses science-and-technology

How to actually stop touching your face

Not touching your face is a simple way to protect yourself from COVID-19, but it's not easy. Here's how to break the habit.

Caitlin Clark-Texas AM • futurity
March 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 viruses touch faces featured health-and-medicine

Your brain can rewire itself after traumatic injury

"...when someone loses a hand, we found both 'hand areas' of the brain—left and right—become dedicated to the remaining healthy hand."

Eric Stann-Missouri • futurity
Nov. 5, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: brains touch health-and-medicine traumatic-injury prostheses

New game takes virtual reality beyond sight and sound

In a new virtual reality game, players have to use their sense of smell, touch, and heat to succeed.

National University of Singapore • futurity
Oct. 30, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: virtual-reality touch smell senses gaming science-and-technology

Touch-based display boosts 3D modeling accessibility

A new tactile display aims to make 3D modeling accessible to people who are blind and visually impaired.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford • futurity
Oct. 30, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: blindness touch computers software featured science-and-technology

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