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Cornell Pioneers a Robot, Whose Skin Can Express Feelings

 - Jul 30, 2018
References: hrc2.io & dezeen
The Human-Robot Collaboration and Companionship Lab at Cornell University has developed a robot skin that can shift textures to represent its feelings. The prototype of the emotive being is able to "get goosebumps or become spiky," for example. The project is inspired through observations of the relationship between humans and other species.

Taking into consideration visual and haptic cues, the engineers from Cornell develop a stretchy robot skin, whose texture changes when "air is pumped into elastic cavities embedded under the surface of the material." The construction is multi-layered, hence the innovative robot skin is able to generate multiple patterns to communicate its emotions with the person who is interacting with it. Due to the variance in frequency and amount of pressure, the robot can communicate a wide range of feelings.