Thought for the month

“You cannot have freedom without a rule of law ... and if you don't have it, what you tend to get is corruption and that is death to freedom, it's death to truth, it's death to honour, it's death to democracy.”

Margaret Thatcher, 1 October 1996.

Friday, 9 August 2013

E-skin

Researchers at University of California, Berkeley have created the first user-interactive sensor network on flexible plastic. The new electronic skin, or e-skin, responds to touch by instantly lighting up. The more intense the pressure, the brighter the light it emits. The experimental samples of the latest e-skin measure 16-by-16 pixels, within each pixel sits a transistor, an organic LED and a pressure sensor. In addition to giving robots a finer sense of touch, the engineers believe the new e-skin technology could be used to create things like wallpapers that double as touchscreen displays and dashboard laminates that allow drivers to adjust electronic controls with the wave of a hand.

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