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Touch-sensitive, artificial skin runs on solar power

May 05, 2017, 7:09 AM EDT
(Source: Adrian Scottow/flickr)
(Source: Adrian Scottow/flickr)

Prosthetic limbs in future could be as sensitive as their natural counterparts, courtesy a new solar-powered, artificial skin that can sense touch with the help of embedded sensors. The researchers at Glasgow University have developed this skin with a single layer of graphene, which makes the entire system ultra-lightweight and convenient for users.

The new skin pips the previously developed “electronic skin” as it ditches the complex battery system, drawing energy only from available sunlight, writes Engadget.

Ravinder Dahiya, the man behind the artificial skin, says this material could be upgraded with a different set of sensors for health monitoring in remote areas that lack access to power, notes Spectrum.

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