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New chip for robots conveys 'sense of touch' to human operators

Japanese startup partners with Tata to bring system to industries worldwide

Extensive feedback from real haptics technology allows users to remotely handle delicate items, like potato chips, without damaging them.

TOKYO -- A Japanese startup is taking a major step toward commercializing real haptics technology that can replicate the exact feel and texture of objects, opening up new remote opportunities in health care, construction, manufacturing and other fields.

Motion Lib, launched out of Japan's Keio University, will enter a partnership with Tata Consultancy Services as early as this month to develop an advanced haptics feedback system that can be used in a variety of industries.

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