Skip to main content

Soil Mechanical Impedance Discrimination by a Soft Tactile Sensor for a Bioinspired Robotic Root

  • Conference paper
Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems (Living Machines 2014)

Part of the book series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science ((LNAI,volume 8608))

Included in the following conference series:

Abstract

During the penetration into the soil, plant roots experience mechanical impedance changes and come into contact with obstacles which they avoid and circumnavigate during their growth. In this work, we present an experimental analysis of a sensorized artificial tip able to detect obstacles and discriminate between different mechanical impedances in artificial and real soils. The conical shaped tip is equipped with a soft capacitive tactile sensor consisting of different elastomeric and conductive layers. Experimental results show that the sensor is robust yet sensitive enough to mechanical impedance changes in the experimented soils.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in via an institution to check access.

Access this chapter

Subscribe and save

Springer+ Basic
EUR 32.99 /Month
  • Get 10 units per month
  • Download Article/Chapter or eBook
  • 1 Unit = 1 Article or 1 Chapter
  • Cancel anytime
Subscribe now

Buy Now

Chapter
USD 29.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
eBook
USD 39.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Available as PDF
  • Read on any device
  • Instant download
  • Own it forever
Softcover Book
USD 54.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • Compact, lightweight edition
  • Dispatched in 3 to 5 business days
  • Free shipping worldwide - see info

Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout

Purchases are for personal use only

Institutional subscriptions

Similar content being viewed by others

References

  1. Monshausen, G.B., Gilroy, S.: Feeling Green: Mechanosensing in Plants. Trends in Cell Biology 19(5), 228–235 (2009)

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. Sadeghi, A., Tonazzini, A., Popova, L., Mazzolai, B.: A Novel Growing Device Inspired by Plant Root Soil Penetration Behaviour. PLoS ONE 9(2), 1–10 (2014)

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Tonazzini, A., Popova, L., Mattioli, F., Mazzolai, B.: Analysis and Characterization of a Robotic Probe Inspired by the Plant Root Apex. In: Proceeding of the 4th IEEE/RAS-EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics, pp. 1134–1139 (2012)

    Google Scholar 

  4. Viry, L., Levi, A., Totaro, M., Mondini, A., Mattoli, V., Mazzolai, B., Beccai, L.: Flexible Three-Axial Force Sensor for Soft and Highly Sensitive Artificial Touch. Advanced Materials 26(17), 2659–2664 (2014)

    Article  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations

Authors

Editor information

Editors and Affiliations

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

Copyright information

© 2014 Springer International Publishing Switzerland

About this paper

Cite this paper

Lucarotti, C., Totaro, M., Viry, L., Beccai, L., Mazzolai, B. (2014). Soil Mechanical Impedance Discrimination by a Soft Tactile Sensor for a Bioinspired Robotic Root. In: Duff, A., Lepora, N.F., Mura, A., Prescott, T.J., Verschure, P.F.M.J. (eds) Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems. Living Machines 2014. Lecture Notes in Computer Science(), vol 8608. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09435-9_45

Download citation

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-09435-9_45

  • Publisher Name: Springer, Cham

  • Print ISBN: 978-3-319-09434-2

  • Online ISBN: 978-3-319-09435-9

  • eBook Packages: Computer ScienceComputer Science (R0)

Publish with us

Policies and ethics