Syntouch LLC created the BioTac, tactile sensors for robotic fingers, that is able to detect vibration, temperature and force. It’s liken to our own finger.
Researchers at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering have developed a robot capable of identifying materials better than human. That’s good news for the community. The sensors have been mounted on the BarrettHand and the Shadow Hand. It’s possible to mount the finger to other forms of grippers as well.
Researchers from TUM have done a similar sensor that can be mounted on the entire body of a robot to provide similar feedback. These sensors will certainly be useful for manipulation and sensing the environment around the robot.