by Miriam S. on January 29, 2014 - 5:03pm
An article titled “E-whiskers: Highly sensitive tactile sensors developed for robotics and other applications" by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was published on Science Daily on January 21st 2014. This article discusses the potential benefits of using extremely sensitive, mechanical whiskers as a means to better understand certain environments. This idea is taken from the hypothesis that whiskers on animals, such as cats, are extremely sensitive, and that similarly the mechanical whiskers could be used to create better sensors. The article offers a detailed breakdown about the process to create the whiskers, for example using aspects of Nano-technology. This is significant because it shows how technology is expanding, and that this expansion could be beneficial to new scientific discoveries. The article describes how this technology can hopefully be utilized for further benefits. An example given in the article is that the whiskers were able to aid in creating maps of the surrounding wind. This shows how the technology can be used to more accurately obtain information about new environments. The article suggests that the whiskers could have the potential to measure heart rate as an example of the benefits of the highly sensitive whiskers. It would be interesting to see if the whiskers are successful and bring about technological advancement. Additionally, although it is not mentioned in the article, this technology could potentially be used to measure environments on other planets. This technology serves as a means to understand environments, so why not the environments of other planets?
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. "E-whiskers: Highly sensitive tactile sensors developed
for robotics and other applications." ScienceDaily, 21 Jan. 2014. Web. 22 Jan. 2014.