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3D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots and prosthetics the sense of touch | KurzweilAI
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3D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots and prosthetics the sense of touch | KurzweilAI

Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a process for 3D-printing stretchable, flexible, and sensitive electronic sensory devices that could give robots or prosthetic hands — or even real skin — the ability to mechanically sense their environment.

One major use would be to give surgeons the ability to feel during minimally invasive surgeries instead of using cameras, or to increase the sensitivity of surgical robots. The process could also make it easier for robots to walk and interact with their environment.

Printing electronics directly on human skin could be used for pulse monitoring, energy harvesting (of movements), detection of finger motions (on a keyboard or other devices), or chemical sensing …

Source: 3D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots and prosthetics the sense of touch | KurzweilAI