One of the biggest barriers between humans and robots is touch, but the Gomer robot, a new open source toy being funded on Indiegogo, hopes to bridge the gap in that regard. According to its website, Gomer is "powered by soft robotics," meaning that it has the deftness of touch necessary to gently hold and pick up things that the typical robotic arm might struggle with.
Though of course people take it for granted, it takes an impressive amount of sensory ability to hold soft, delicate objects — a legerdemain typically beyond the skill of robotic processors. Gomer's soft robotic programming means that it can deal with these touchy objects; it can pick up soft items like food without dropping or damaging them.
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