Saturday, July 16, 2016

Should robots use the concept of whiskers more?

Mother nature has used this efficient solution for sensory input, navigation, and spatial awareness since time immemorial.  The illustrious list of champion whisker-users includes mice, dogs, seals, catfish, and everyone's favorite internet sensation, the house cat.

The energy-intensive and CPU-hungry strategies that most robots today seem to use for getting around -- like image recognition, RF sensing, and GPS -- could easily be replaced or supplemented by cheap and lightweight whisker arrays.

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CATEGORY: Technology, Robotics 
IDEATION: June 18, 2016

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