An ‘Electronic Skin’ That Feels Pain, Get Developed In Lab
An electronic skin that senses pain is developed by a team of researchers led by an Indian Engineer – Ravinder Dahiya. It will help to produce humanoid robots.
Professor Ravinder Dahiya, an Indian-origin engineer in the UK, led a team of researchers that developed an electronic skin that can detect pain.
It might aid the team in developing a next-generation array of robots with human-like sensibility, according to the researchers.
Professor Ravinder Dahiya is a graduate of the James Watt School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow.
He claims the discovery advances the development of a large-scale neuromorphic imprinted e-skin that can respond to inputs.
The University of Glasgow’s Twitter account announced this news.
A new type of electronic skin capable of feeling ‘pain’ could help create a new generation of smart robots and prosthetics.— University of Glasgow (@UofGlasgow) June 2, 2022
The skin was developed by @RavinderSDahiya and his @BEST_UofG group at @UofGEngineering.
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The research was published in the journal Science Robotics in an article titled ‘Printed Synaptic Transistors based Electronic Skin for Robots to Feel and Learn.’
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The electronic skin is the latest innovation in stretchy, versatile printing technology from Glasgow’s Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies (BEST) division, according to the researcher.
Glasgow University’s new electronic skin is based on a novel human peripheral nerve system that reads impulses from the skin and eliminates reaction time.
The system processes the data at the point of touch as soon as the e-skin gets an input. This ensures that just the most important data is conveyed to the brain.
Professor Ravinder Dahiya and his colleagues printed a grid of 168 synaptic transistors (computing device that executes signal processing) onto the layer of artificial skin to improve the capabilities of electronic skin.
The skin sensors that cover the humanoid robot hand were coupled to the synaptic transistors.
When these sensors are contacted, alterations in their electrical resistance system are registered.
A gentle touch provides a little amount of resistance, whereas a firmer touch creates a bigger amount of resistance.