Characterizing the Substrate Contact of Carpal Vibrissae of Rats during Locomotion

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Excitation of sensors triggered by carpal vibrissae has an influence on the kinematics of legs during locomotion of rats. Via motion studies, anatomic and mechanical characterization of vibrissae – especially in the contact period with the substrate – we try to gain a better understanding of the adaptability of those special sensory organs. This knowledge might lead to new approaches for passive sensor systems in robot locomotion or other tactile tasks.


carpal vibrissae locomotion pedipulator touch sensor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Micro- and Nano-Technologies IMN MacroNano®Technische Universität Ilmenau, Group of BiomechatronicsIlmenauGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Spezielle Zoologie und EvolutionsbiologieFriedrich-Schiller-Universität JenaJenaGermany

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