Thought for the month

“There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.” Probably W.L. Sheldon, US lecturer on ethics (1858 – 1907) rather than Ernest Hemingway.

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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