How do we recognize biological materials by touch?

Takaaki Miyashita, Takashi Maeno, Yoshimune Nonomura

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Abstract

Biological materials are often used as industrial sources; however, the features of their tactile texture have not been examined. Here, we show that the features of biological materials are warm, silky, and non-slippery sensations, which are governed by thermal conductivity, surface energy, and surface roughness. Interestingly, surface roughness is the most important factor in determining these three tactile sensations. This finding is valuable for developing virtual reality systems and humanoids as well as for understanding the cognitive mechanism of biological materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-179
Number of pages4
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Volume80
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct

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Keywords

  • Fur
  • Human skin
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Tactile impression
  • Wood

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  • Biotechnology
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Medicine(all)

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How do we recognize biological materials by touch? / Miyashita, Takaaki; Maeno, Takashi; Nonomura, Yoshimune.

In: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, Vol. 80, No. 2, 10.2010, p. 176-179.

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Miyashita, Takaaki ; Maeno, Takashi ; Nonomura, Yoshimune. / How do we recognize biological materials by touch?. In: Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 2010 ; Vol. 80, No. 2. pp. 176-179.
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