As reported in The Salt Lake Tribune ... Visionary Products Inc. is pioneering a project sponsored by the National Science Foundation, trying to help robots develop a finely tuned virtual sense of touch.
... Developing that sense of touch opens up a whole new range of potential applications that are too delicate or precise to perform...The work is being backed by a $100,000 federal small business research grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ('Stimulus" funding) to develop "force-reflective dexterous tele-robotic manipulators."..
... the National Science Foundation has distributed more than $25 million worth of grants nationwide in federal stimulus funds and has more than $2 billion to award....
Read on at: http://www.sltrib.com/business/ci_13431445