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Novel Tactile Sensor Technology and Smart Tactile Sensing Systems: A Review

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
College of Medical Instruments, Shanghai University of Medicine and Health Sciences, Shanghai 201318, China
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Sensors 2017, 17(11), 2653;
Received: 10 October 2017 / Revised: 8 November 2017 / Accepted: 14 November 2017 / Published: 17 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tactile Sensors and Sensing)
During the last decades, smart tactile sensing systems based on different sensing techniques have been developed due to their high potential in industry and biomedical engineering. However, smart tactile sensing technologies and systems are still in their infancy, as many technological and system issues remain unresolved and require strong interdisciplinary efforts to address them. This paper provides an overview of smart tactile sensing systems, with a focus on signal processing technologies used to interpret the measured information from tactile sensors and/or sensors for other sensory modalities. The tactile sensing transduction and principles, fabrication and structures are also discussed with their merits and demerits. Finally, the challenges that tactile sensing technology needs to overcome are highlighted. View Full-Text
Keywords: smart tactile sensing; microfabrication; machine learning; sensor fusion smart tactile sensing; microfabrication; machine learning; sensor fusion
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Zou, L.; Ge, C.; Wang, Z.J.; Cretu, E.; Li, X. Novel Tactile Sensor Technology and Smart Tactile Sensing Systems: A Review. Sensors 2017, 17, 2653.

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