- Patented soft sensor design can measure 3D localised force, 3D localised deflection, 3D localised vibration, torque, incipient slip (when parts of a surface slip while other parts remain stuck) and friction at the contact interface
- No other sensing technology can measure all of these parameters which are sensed by the human skin and play an essential role in enabling human dexterity
- Sensor technology could provide upper limb prosthetics of the future with a sense of touch
- The size, density, compliance, measurement range and sensitivity of the sensor can be customised
- The sensor is resistant to heat, shock, water and chemicals
- Applications of the tactile sensing technology include hand prostheses, robotic surgery, robot-assisted rehabilitation – which improve control and dexterity through feedback mechanisms based on tactile information.
- Successful participation in the CSIRO ON Accelerate 2019 start-up accelerator program for commercialisation.
Capabilities and facilities
- Electrical engineering (electronics design and signal processing)
- Software engineering (firmware and software design and programming)
- Machine learning
- 3D printing
- Testing equipment including robotic arms and grippers and mechanical stages
- Funding from US Office of Naval Research Global.