First skin for human-like sensing of objects to any part of robots

20-05-2022 | Bebop Sensors | Test & Measurement

BeBop Sensors, Inc. has released the RoboSkin line of skin-like coverings for tactile awareness for humanoid robots and prosthetics. A true nervous system for robots thinner than 1mm thick, it is the only technology that fits all robotic body parts such as limbs, fingers, feet, head, and torso, to make robots' feel' better. Its advanced fabric-based sensor skin can be shaped to any surface providing quick tailoring to fit any robot, with spatial resolution and sensitivity exceeding human abilities for a true partnership between humans and their robot helpers.

As robots fast become part of our world, they must interact and learn by sense of touch and feel. Flexible, reliable, and highly proprietary, the solution offers this essential touch factor, with technology based on the company's fabric sensors, with millions of sensors in daily use throughout the world and over 30 US and international patents.

Human-like robots are augmenting humans in the workplace, homes and hospitals; with roles in healthcare, domestic help, manufacturing, distribution, biohazards, and even in entertainment and companionship roles. A human shape ensures a robot may perform any human task; to fit through any door and utilise every human tool. Robots do not need to have the environment made around their requirements – robots can do jobs humans wish to avoid.

Founder Keith McMillen said, "I have been working with roboticists refining our RoboSkin for ten years. We are pleased we can make this important contribution to the worldwide effort to bring humanoid robots into our lives to help people live longer, healthier, and more enjoyable lives."


The skin is available immediately for various applications in robotics and prosthetics, including automotive, biohazard, digital health, IoT, VR/AR, law enforcement, testing, and more.

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