Solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs

Signal of change / Solar-powered skin for prosthetic limbs

By George Harding-Rolls / 10 Apr 2017
Engineers at Glasgow University have developed a synthetic 'skin' for prosthetic hands which can create its own energy to power its tactile and pressure response capacities. Made from graphene (the strongest known material), the skin allows the artificial hands to partially operate without the need for a battery pack, resulting in a lighter structure more comfortable for the wearer.

So what?

The research could lead to fully autonomous solar-powered limbs in the future. The developments in sensitivity to touch and pressure could also help create robots able to interact with humans without the risk of injuring them.

Sources

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-39353751

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