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Tuesday, 13 May 2014

New developments in electronic skin development and its stretching performance

Woman peeling mask from faceWe recently came across an article ‘For Robots and Prostheses, New Stretchable Electronic Skin’. 

A team of Japanese scientists have created an ultra-light weight polymer skin, complete with electronic sensors, that could help develop new medical implants and smart skin for prostheses and robots.

"This technology will lead to biomedical sensors that cause no discomfort at all to the wearer," said Takao Someya, a materials scientist at the University of Tokyo. "They could measure body temperature and heart rate in a stress-free way, and their shock-resistance means they will work even during sport and exercise." 

The plastic-based circuitry is lighter than a feather and less than one micron thick.