Scientists have developed a synthetic skin for prosthetic limbs that can mimic the sensory properties of human skin.
This breakthrough technology can bring us one step closer to creating an artificial limb empowered with the sense of touch.
This sensitive skin was created by scientists at Glasgow University, Faculty of Engineering, and could become a way for those who have prosthetic limbs to regain their sense of touch.
The technology was created by using an ultra-thin form of carbon known as graphene.
It is a material that has the thickness of an atom and is currently the most reliable and strong compound in the terrestrial soil.
Although scientists have tried in the past to create “electronic skin”, they encountered many obstacles on the road, but the problem could be solved by using solar energy.
Graphene is highly flexible, a good conductor of electricity, but is also transparent, and can absorb 98% of the light that reaches its surface.
From this standpoint, graphene is ideal for a technology that would use the solar power.
Intelligent prosthetic limbs already have the ability to mimic many of the natural movements of human limbs, but the possibility to integrate the sense of touch in these systems will represent a significant advancement of medical technology, but not only.
This synthetic skin made from graphene, once attached to the robots, will allow the machines to detect potential hazards when interacting with people, but could more easily learn and interact with their environment.
Also, the potential advantages this synthetic skin will have for wearable technology, like SmartWatch devices used to monitor heart problems.