Nanowire e-Skin to Help Robots “Feel”

An artist’s illustration of an artificial e-skin with nanowire active matrix circuitry covering a hand. The fragile egg illustrates the functionality of the e-skin device for prosthetic and robotic applications.

Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a nanowire material that may provide a sense of touch for robots. Unlike current attempts to create e-skin, it uses inorganic materials.

Described in a press release on the UCB website (which I got to through yesterday’s article in PC World), the material is detailed in this week’s electronic version of the science-engineering journal Nature Materials, a spinoff of Nature.

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