QBIT develops systems centred on collaborative robots that work together with humans for use in the services industry, including food and entertainment segments.
TG is developing a tactile hand that can sense the shape and softness of objects, a capability that conventional robots lack.
The hand features TG’s patented e-Rubber, a next-generation rubber that contracts with the application of voltage.
The rubber can, therefore, be used as a light, soft artificial muscle for robots.
In addition, when e-Rubber’s shape changes due to external pressure, the amount of its internally stored electricity changes.
With this property, it can also function as a soft, high-accuracy sensor that can note minute changes in pressure.
As part of the first collaboration between the two partners, TG’s tactile hand will be used in QBIT’s “&robot café system.”
QBIT has developed and designed robotic systems for Huis Ten Bosch Inc. for use in the company’s robot-staffed café.