Sensitive Robot Skin
xander | 07:43 AM
Japanese researches have developed a flexible artifical "skin" using organic materials that is sensitive to both pressue and temperature and supple enough to wrap around robotic fingers.
[T]hey add that there is no need to stop at simply imitating the functions of human skin.
"It will be possible in the near future to make an electronic skin that has functions that human skin lacks," the researchers write in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Future artificial skins could incorporate sensors not only for pressure and temperature, but also for light, humidity, strain or sound, they add.
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