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Scientists develop robot that can feel

NEW YORK — Finding and recognizing objects by touch in your pocket, in the dark, or among items on a cluttered table top are distinctly human skills — ones that have been far beyond the ability of even the most dexterous robotic arms.

Rodney Brooks, a well-known roboticist, likes to demonstrate the difficulty of the challenge for modern robots by reaching into his pocket to find a particular coin.

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