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Species-specific whisker morphology affects tactile interactions

Grant, Robyn, Dougill, Gary ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8885-6166 and Lepora, Nathan (2021) Species-specific whisker morphology affects tactile interactions. In: 2021 IEEE World Haptics Conference (WHC), 06 July 2021 - 09 July 2021, Montreal, QC, Canada.

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Abstract

Bio-inspired robotic whisker touch sensors exist, although the shape of the whisker is often overlooked, despite it affecting whisker mechanics and resulting whisker movements. We demonstrate here in three Carnivora species that whisker shape affects tactile interactions. We recommend that whisker shape needs to be designed specifically for a task, and suggest that this is a good area for future research.

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