New “skin” could help prosthetics and robots sense injuries

June 28th, 2021

An artificial skin attached to a person’s knee develops a purple “bruise” when hit forcefully against a metal cabinet. Photo: Adapted from ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2021, DOI: 10.1021/acsami.1c04911.  When a person bumps an elbow against a wall, they not only feel pain but can also experience bruising. But robots and prosthetic limbs don’t have these […]

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ShadowSense gives robots a sense of “touch”

February 22nd, 2021 Researchers give soft robots a human touch. Video: Cornell University Touch-sensitive electronic skin for robots is a project under development by a number of groups. Cornell University reports that scientists there are pursuing a simpler approach, however, using shadow-imaging cameras to let robots know when they're being touched. Known as ShadowSense, the experimental system incorporates a […]

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Robotic glove designed for hand paralysis

February 10th, 2020

Images and video: Neofect. Koreon start-up Neofect has developed a robotic glove that's meant to help patients suffering from paralysis. The product prototype, named Neomano, is a smart glove designed for patient rehabilitation of the hand following a stroke, spinal cord injury, or another condition that limits patients’ ability to use their hands.  The wearable hand robot helps […]

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Better together

March 10th, 2017

Collaborative efforts support growth in the smart textiles industry. The more high tech an industry is, the greater the range of expertise it may need. Advanced textiles, particularly smart materials, are a prime example of this. Textiles often undergo a variety of processes requiring specialized skills and equipment, so collaboration is essential to the industry. […]

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