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iCandy: Tech for the Hands, Eyes, and Body

Touch and see what isn’t really there

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Photo: The Asahi Shimbun/Getty Images
Researchers at Keio University in Yokohama, Japan, are testing a mind-blowing new function of the Telesar V telepresence robot, shown here in the background. The researcher in the foreground is wearing special gloves that allow him to “feel” the texture of the cloth that the robot’s fingers are touching. The system is sensitive enough to tell a remote operator whether the robot is touching cloth or paper or whether an object is hot or cold.

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