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Indian scientists develop ‘electronic skin’ run on solar power


Prosthetic hand covered with ‘electronic skin’ is developed by scientists from University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering

A team of Indian scientists have developed a robotic hand wrapped in ‘electronic skin’ whose responsiveness to touch is much similar to the normal human hand. The electronic skin is made of graphene-carbon which is known for its atom-like thickness and runs on solar power. The robotic hand is super-sensitive and is as strong as steel. The hand can actually feel touch better than the human hand.

The flexible electronic skin can be used for making amputees much better and building robots.  It can also be used in robots to detect dangers while communicating with humans. Such prosthetic hands are capable of reproducing many mechanical properties of human skin. The skin-like touch will make them even more useful for developing amputees. The team was lead by Ravinder Dahiya  of the University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering.

Developing such a device but the researchers at Glasgow University have done the job. According to the scientists, Graphene is a transparent, highly flexible and conductive atom making it ideal for harvesting sun’s energy to generate power. Prosthetics are mostly run on batteries, on the other hand solar energy will provide up to 15 times the energy usually required by prosthetic limbs.

“If an entity is going out in a sunny day, then they won’t need any battery. They can feel, without worrying about battery” says Dahiya.

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