3D-Printed Skin Could Allow Robots to ‘Feel’

Published by , May 15, 2017 8:17 am

(ZeeNewsIndia) US researchers have developed a “revolutionary” process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment, according to a study. “This stretchable electronic fabric we developed has many practical uses,” Michael McAlpine, a University of Minnesota mechanical engineering associate professor and lead researcher on the study, said in a statement.
The discovery, published online in the journal Advanced Materials, is a major step forward in printing electronics on real human skin, researchers said. “Putting this type of `bionic skin` on surgical robots would give surgeons the ability to actually feel during minimally invasive surgeries, which would make surgery easier instead of just using cameras like they do now. These sensors could also make it easier for other robots to walk and interact with their environment.”