Uniform cellular design of artificial robotic skin

Philipp Mittendorfer, Gordon Cheng

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The development of artificial robotic skin is motivated by the necessity to provide robots with a rich and direct feedback of their interaction with themselves and the world. In this paper, we present a technology independent approach to build artificial skin from hexagonal shaped, intelligent unit cells, featuring cell-2-cell communication. The uniform design of the building block enables mass production and pushes transferability across various robotic systems. Based on the intelligent unit cell and redundant cell-2-cell communication, flexible and fault tolerant network self-organizing methods can be realized. With HEX-o-SKIN we introduce an implementation based on standard technologies.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 2012
Event7th German Conference on Robotics, ROBOTIK 2012 - Munich, Germany
Duration: 21 May 201222 May 2012


Conference7th German Conference on Robotics, ROBOTIK 2012


  • Artificial skin
  • Cell-2- cell communication
  • Surface sensor network
  • Uniform cellular design


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