This New Robot #Graphene Skin Is More Sensitive Than A Human Hand

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Professor Ravinder Dahiya, an electrical engineer at the #UniversityOfGlasgow, says his first-of-its-kind sensor is a step towards more lightweight prosthetic limbs for people, as well as more natural-feeling robots covered in soft-skinned bodies. His new bot skin, which is made of a single atomic layer of #Graphene, is basically a touch sensor. It needs 20 nanowatts of power per square centimeter to operate. For that, Dahiya turned to the sun:

“Whatever light is available, 98 percent is going and hitting the solar cell,” he says, explaining that a solar panel is located just under the surface of the clear graphene skin. “it is generating power that can be used to get the sensitivity, the tactile feeling.”

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/hilarybrueck/2017/03/22/solarrobotskin/#770c19933484

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