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September 18, 2010

Artificial, Touch-Sensitive ‘E-Skin’ Developed by Scientists

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By: Nathan Eddy, eWeek

The nature magazine Nature Materials reported on the efforts of two independent US research groups had developed an artificial, electronic skin that has the ability to sense, and respond to, a very light touch. This “e-skin” is made of semiconductor nanowires that operate using very low voltage. It is the first such material made out of inorganic single crystalline semiconductors. The skin can be applied by rubbing it or rolling it onto a surface and can detect pressure around 0 to 15 kilopascals, which would allow a robot helper, for instance, to do the dishes or handle a pet without causing damage.

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