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07/11/2013

Flexible sensors for better sensing artificial skin

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    Using gold nano particles on top of a PVC substrate, I suggest building a new type of cheap, flexible sensor that will simultaneously detect pressure, humidity and temperature with surprising accuracy.
    While current kinds of e-skin detect only touch, the invention can simultaneously sense touch, humidity, and temperature, as real skin can do. Additionally, the new system will be at least 10 times more sensitive in touch than the currently existing touch-based e-skin systems.
    The sensors will have multiple applications, from monitoring cracks in bridges to creating a better artificial skin to benefit amputees. It might even be used to give robots that special "human touch."
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