Some of the world’s most important advances in robotics are happening here in Australia.

While interest and investment pour into the global robotics industry, there are no sensors in the market that can measure friction.

“There’s lots of research but it’s not commercially available,” said Dr Heba Khamis, CEO and Co-founder of Contactile.

This means that robots can grasp a wine glass but cannot determine how much force to apply to an oily wine glass versus a clean wine glass.

However Dr Khamis and her team at Contactile are revolutionising robotics by creating a world-first tactile sensor that gives robots a human sense of touch.

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