E-Skin May Offer Robots Skin Sense, Say Researchers

E-skin may offer robots skin sense, which is the biggest part of what offers humans feel alive. The research may take scientists on step closer to offer such touching sense to machines. The efforts were conducted by the team of researchers from University of Boulder for creating an adaptable ‘electronic skin’ that is capable of self-healing if gets damaged.

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Mechanical engineer and leading researcher, Jianliang Xiao from the University of Colorado Boulder told that e-skin may help science establish safer interactions between robots and humans in the future.

Xiao said in a statement that, “Sensing is critical because when human beings interact with robots; we want to make sure that robots don’t hurt people. When the baby is sick, the robot can just use a finger to touch the surface…it can tell what the temperature of the baby is.”

Findings obtained from the research have been disclosed in a published paper by the journal Science Advances, in which research steam has described the e-skin creation that encloses sensors capable of measuring airflow, pressure, humidity and temperature.

E-skin is built around polyimine, a dynamic network bonded covalently, and laced by silver nano particles to supply mechanical strength and better conductivity.

Xiao added that, “For robotics, it might not be very necessary to integrate e-skins with industrial robots to provide sensing capabilities at this point. But for robots that physically interact with humans, e-skins are very important to provide sensing and feedback of touching, holding and monitoring.”

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