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  /  Latest News   /  Deploying This ‘Smart Skin’ Will Definitely Make Robots More Human-Like!
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Deploying This ‘Smart Skin’ Will Definitely Make Robots More Human-Like!

This electronic smart skin will present the next generation of robots which will be even more advanced

The ‘smart skin’ is like a fabric that contains sensors that recognize crucial indications of a human as well as airborne chemicals. Envisioned for a range of applications from baby monitoring to warfare, smart skin applications are expected to grow exponentially in the future. After nearly six years of research at the Technical University of Graz, Italian-born Anna Maria Coclite has developed the ‘smart skin’ for the next generation of artificial intelligence materials. It senses pressure, humidity, and temperature all the while and produces electronic signs. More delicate robots or more AI prostheses will be consequently possible.


Smart Skin

The skin is the biggest tangible organ and simultaneously the defensive layer of the person. This electronic skin feels like a few tangible contributions simultaneously and reports data about stickiness, temperature, and strain to the mind. In this way, Coclite’s mixture material is more delicate than human fingertips. Advanced mechanics and smart prosthetics would profit from a superior incorporated, more exact detecting framework like human skin.

The hydrogel integrated into the skin can absorb water means that the skin will adjust itself along with changes in humidity and temperature. It is a wafer-thin material that simultaneously responds to the effects of force, moisture, and temperature with extremely high spatial resolution and transmits corresponding electronic signals. And it can easily be scaled up and implemented in existing production lines. It is developing the three-in-one hybrid material smart skin for the next generation of AI, using a novel process.

A few fields of utilization are presently opening up for the skin-like hybrid material. With 2,000 individual sensors per square millimeter, the hybrid material is even more sensitive than a human fingertip. Each of these sensors consists of a unique combination of materials: a smart polymer in the form of a hydrogel inside and a shell of piezoelectric zinc oxide. The smart skin has a resolution that is a thousand times smaller and can register objects that are too small for human skin. The properties of smart skin are now being optimized even further.