Flexible "electronic skin" can "feel" touch, determine temperature and humidity
Specialists from the Israel Technological Institute (Technion-Israel Institute of Technology) have created material that in the future will help replace damaged skin areas that have lost sensitivity with new material. Well, or this material can be used as a "skin" for robots, why not? So, the “Electronic Skin” developed by the said research institute is really similar to the skin in appearance. In addition, the material is able to perceive a number of environmental parameters.
These parameters include temperature, humidity, plus the ability to feel touch. In this case, the material is inexpensive, in any case, in comparison with analogues. According to the developers, the sensitivity of the “skin” is 10 times higher than the sensitivity of any similar material.
The developers also noted that these parameters are determined very accurately, with a small error. The "skin" itself is a multilayer material, with gold particles deposited on a metal base, which, in turn, is attached to a plastic base. And the thinner the plastic layer, the higher the sensitivity of the material.
Such “skin” requires very little energy, so it is quite possible to install low-voltage batteries, which should be enough for a long time. Now there is already a prototype that is quite capable of demonstrating all the advantages of the new material.