Tactile sensor for robotic system using cosmetic powder brush

Iza Husna Binti Mohamad Hashim, Takashi Maeno, Kenjiro Takemura, Sumi Nakamura, Narumi Saegusa

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Introducing tactile sensation to robotic system is one of the biggest challenges for robotic researchers. Since several sensations such as audio, visual, force and kinetic sensation have already been installed in robotic systems, tactile sensation may bring a next breakthrough for intelligent systems. Hence, this study proposes a new idea of tactile sensor for robotic systems using a cosmetic powder brush. That is, the brush is used in our system as a tracing element against an object. The vibration during the brush traces an object is measured using a piezoelectric vibration sensor which is attached to the base of brush's bristles. Tracing experiments are conducted with 9 samples of underclothes' fabrics and a paper. Vibration data obtained shows distinct differences between the samples. This may suggest that the cosmetic powder brush could be used as a tracing element of tactile sensor because it can distinguishes a slight difference of texture of objects.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWorld Automation Congress Proceedings
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781889335490
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Oct 24
Event2014 World Automation Congress, WAC 2014 - Waikoloa, United States
Duration: 2014 Aug 32014 Aug 7

Publication series

NameWorld Automation Congress Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2154-4824
ISSN (Electronic)2154-4832


Other2014 World Automation Congress, WAC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Human perception characteristics
  • Tactile sensor
  • Vibration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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