Imagine that when you must close your eyes, even if it is completely black, you can still feel the world through the touch of your limbs.

Now, robots have the same capabilities.

Before, robots mostly used motion cameras, lidar systems, and algorithms to obtain and generate three-dimensional information about the environment.

But this vision system doesn’t seem to be suitable for today’s new robotics, software robots.

▲ Software robot from Harvard University

Soft robots are surprised by their bones and their bodies are soft. They can shuttle to places that are difficult for ordinary robots to reach. However, how to explore the three-dimensional space and how to accurately model the external environment in these “horns” problem.

Recently, an “electronic skin” of MIT invention It can be overlaid on software robots, helping these robots to perceive external conditions even if they “blind their eyes.”