Scientists Have Artificial Skin With Incredible Sensing Capabilities

Many Researchers have created a new artificial skin that has surpasses human skin in its sensitivity to detect pressure which is applied by an object and its approach.

In a study published in journal Small, scientists has utilized the dual-responsive artificial skin for the various purposes, including the controlling virtual game characters, and navigating electronic maps, and scrolling through the digital documents. The artificial skin was able to distinguish the different signals from the approaching targets, which enabling touchless object identification.

To the advance provides a proof-of-concept application for rendering a robot to classify the materials including polymers, metals, and human skin which in an entirely touchless mode. The researchers have note that such artificial skin can be used in the next-generation engineered electronics with potential in human–machine interfaces, and artificial intelligence, and prosthesis, and augmented reality.

“We created an artificial skin with the sensing capabilities superior to the human skin. Unlike human skin that senses most information from the touching actions, this artificial skin also obtains the rich cognitive information encoded in touchless or approaching operation,” this said corresponding author Yifan Wang, an assistant professor of Nanyang Technological University, in the Singapore. “The work could lead to the next-generation robotic perception technologies superior to existing tactile sensors.”

Reference: “A Dual-Responsive Artificial Skin for Tactile and Touchless Interfaces” by Hai Lu Wang, Tianyu Chen, Bojian Zhang, Guohui Wang, Xudong Yang, Kunlin Wu and Yifan Wang, 26 January 2023, Small.

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