Sunday, September 12, 2010

Pressure-Sensitive Electronic Skin

Developed by a research group from Tokyo University, E-skin is a highly conductive rubber-like material capable of stretching 1.7 times it's original size without any loss of conductivity. With the ability to be stretched over any rough surface, this new electronic skin could be used for a near limitless variety of applications including as a touch sensitive artificial skin.

The prototype can detect pressures between 0 and 15 kilopascals. -A kilopascal is approximately the pressure exerted by a 10-g mass resting on a 1-cm2 area. 0 to 15 Kpa is equivalent to the pressure experienced while holding a small object.- Because the skin is flexible, it changes thickness in response to pressure allowing built in capacitors to then measure that pressure.

Read more about this artificial skin at: io9

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