E-skin” will make robots more sensitive and walls

Jul

25

2013

The high proliferation of mobile devices leads to the continuous improvement of touch screens . A group of engineers from the University of California at Berkeley has developed a new flexible material that reacts to touch. It can be applied to any surface. The so-called “e-skin” will help improve the sense of touch, robots or turn a living room into a huge touch screen.

As the resource Extremetech, the research team led by Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley Ali Dzheyvi successfully created a sensitive piece of “electronic skin” with a resolution of 16 x 16 pixels. For the first time scientists have produced an interactive sensor on a flexible plastic base. Each pixel comprises a transistor, the organic light emitting diode (OLED) and a pressure sensor.

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After applying the thin film transistors by printing researchers separated silicon substrate layer polymer to give up a flexible electronic circuitry.

The developers are hoping that after the improvement of “electronic skin” can be used on large areas. The new technology will do away with bulky pressure sensors used in modern devices. Possible applications of technology are endless.

Previously, other engineers have developed a relatively inexpensive ultra-sensitive tactile sensor for robots .
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