CySkin Technology

In collaboration with University of Genova

Made of flexible interconnected triangular modules, the skin can be adapted to different surfaces integrating high-resolution tactile sensors on small and large areas. The tactile feedback is locally processed and transferred on a network of Intelligent Hub Boards (IHBs) that constitute the CySkin nervous system.

Each module embeds 11 pressure sensors, can be cut to easily adapt to different shapes and is locally managed by a microcontroller that acquires tactile information up to 20Hz. Sensors can be grouped in different combinations varying the spatial resolution on-demand.

Up to 32 modules can be directly interconnected to form touch sensitive patches that can be arranged one next to the other to cover larger areas, without any limit. All the patches are synchronized. The tactile sensor acquisition can be started on request, with a user-defined period, and a complete snapshot of the skin is provided within 50ms.

Data acquired from each sensor is processed and sent to an Intelligent Hub Board (IHB). The IHB is a powerful general-purpose microcontroller able to perform additional data processing and to send information to a higher level processing unit using an industrial grade communication bus. We provide a complete set of software tools that allows acquiring, processing and using tactile information in real-time.