As it is malleable, the material is able to easily wrap around complex, curved surfaces, and – just like human skin – it can sense pressure and differs in temperature.
E-skin could be used in prosthetics
The scientists behind the material believe that its unique properties make it suitable for a broad range of applications in robotics, prosthetics and health care.
“The e-skin is robust yet flexible and malleable and thus can find applications in robotics, prosthetics, and biomedical devices,” said the team in its study, which was published in trade journal Science Advances earlier this week.
“In prosthetics, it could be used on a bionic hand to sense for pressure when holding a glass cup and prevent the user from accidentally crushing it, or prevent burning if the contents is hot.”
Material could allow robots to experience human sensations
The team also envisage it being used to enable robots to read a person’s temperature or detect a fever by a single touch.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.