Here is a robot that uses a fingertip-size proximity sensor to catch paper balloons like a pro. Its sensor detects the distance to and the tilt angle of the surface of the object faster and with more accuracy. As Ishikawa Senoo Laboratory researchers explain:
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The proximity sensor detects the distance to and the tilt angle of the surface of an object with a resolution more than 20-times higher (50micromillimeters) and a measuring time less than 1/10-th (1ms) those of existing sensors […] The hand was able to catch the paper balloon with a deformation equal to or less than that achievable by a human performing the same catching task.
High-Speed Catching of a Paper Balloon using High-Performance Proximity Sensor
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