Robots Get A Feel For The World from USC Viterbi on Vimeo.

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.

Via: Gizmag

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