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A material developed and introduced by researchers at the University of Luxembourg will help robots analyze and understand their surroundings. The material relies on retroreflective spheres made from cholesteric liquid crystals, which turn into a solid state by the process of polymerization.
According to members of a team led by Jan Lagerwall, principal investigator of the study and a professor in the Department of Physics and Materials Science, the material can be used to introduce tailor-made graphical information in the environment, which is invisible to humans but easily readable by robots.
As automatic and autonomous machines such as self-driving cars and drones become more prevalent, the likelihood that these machines…READ MORE