A research team, led by Professor Jonghwa Park at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, have developed something quite exciting – electronic skin that can detect changes in both temperature and pressure.
The skin’s composites are made of a polymer as well as reduced graphene oxide. Thanks to that, the artificial skin can detect not only sensory changes created by water droplets falling at different pressures and temperatures but also the tiniest amount of pressure such as human hair.
This makes the skin perfect for future caregiver robots. Or, when attached to a human wrist, it can also be used to monitor pulse pressure by detecting the changes in skin temperature that occur when blood vessels dilate or constrict.
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Electronic skin is already pretty mind blowing. From brain waves to blood flow, these miniature, flexible circuits stick to your skin and monitor your vital signs. Recently, thanks to research from the University of Texas at Austin, these patches have been given MEMORY, and are able to RECORD what’s going on.