The Matrix is one step closer to becoming a reality today. Scientists at the University of California’s Viterbi School of Engineering have created a BioTac sensor that can correctly identify materials based on textures and tactile feedback, and it can do this with 95 percent accuracy.
The sensor was built to completely mimic a human finger, and it’s already out-performing humans in material identification tests. The sensor, comprised of a soft, flexible skin covering a liquid filled enclosure even comes complete with fingerprints to give the device the ability to analyze vibrations while the BioTac sensor glides over a material.
Step one: robots that can “feel.” Step two: human annihilation. You heard it here first.