Kao + Kelo = feels-like-skin for robots
Skin is often the slight flaw in the robotic character, but the Kao Corporation and a team from Kelo University have come up with a false layer that ten out of twelve people (under, they admit, highly unscientific circumstances) felt felt like real skin. It involves a centimeter of silicone with 0.2cm of urethane faux epidermis embossed with tiny hexagons to give it the right texture.
Robot beauty goes skin-deep [via Yomiuri Shimbun (japanese)]
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