The GelForce, engineered at the University of Tokyo, is a transparent deformable gel that measures the distribution of the magnitude and direction of force. The sensor is composed of a transparent elastic body, two layers of blue and red markers, and a CCD camera. Deformations of the surface -when pressed with finger, for instance- are then calculated in real time.
One of the goals of the project is to develop a finger-shaped sensor for robotic hands allowing robots to perform fine manipulation tasks just as humans do.
For robots? Why should they have all the fun?
Mind-blowing video. [from we-make-money-not-art.com]