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Multi-Sensor Smart Skin Could Have Important Applications in Medicine, Robotics

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on  February 20, 2016 at 7:29 AM Research News   - G J E 4
Smart skin that can respond to external stimuli could have important applications in medicine and robotics. Using only items found in a typical household, researchers have created multi-sensor artificial skin that's capable of sensing pressure, temperature, humidity, proximity, pH, and air flow.
 Multi-Sensor Smart Skin Could Have Important Applications in Medicine, Robotics
Multi-Sensor Smart Skin Could Have Important Applications in Medicine, Robotics
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The flexible, paper-based skin is layered onto a post-it note, with paper, aluminum foil, lint-free wipes, and pencil lines acting as sensing components. Being made of recyclable materials, this paper skin presents a large number of sensory functions in a cheap and environmentally friendly way.

‘Using household items, researchers have created multi-sensor artificial skin that is capable of sensing pressure, temperature, humidity, proximity, pH, and air flow.’
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Prof. Muhammad Mustafa Hussain, senior author of the Advanced Materials Technologies paper, said, "Democratization of electronics will be key in the future for its continued growth. In that regard, a skin-type sensory platform made with recyclable materials only demonstrates the power of human imagination. This is the first time a singular platform shows multi-sensory functionalities close to that of natural skin. Additionally they are being read or monitored simultaneously like our own skin."

Source: Eurekalert
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