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Nano-engineering biomimetic tactile sensors (NANOBIOTACT) - Publishable Executive Summary

Project ID: 33287
Funded under: FP6-NMP


Biological tactile sensing is a key area of sensory processing in which the brain uses frequency and intensity coded neural signals from nanoscale receptors in the skin to determine the nature of environmental surfaces. This information is important for the perception through touch of surface features, for discriminating between surfaces in terms of their microgeometry (i.e. local shape and texture) and for the efficient control of grip, in which contact surface properties, together with forces normal to the surface, determine the tangential frictional forces that limit sliding of the digit.

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