A “skin” developed at the University of British Columbia offers prosthetics and robots a gentle, tactile sensation.

A groundbreaking technology developed in British Columbia is emulating human skin, opening up new horizons for individuals with prosthetics and enhancing human-robot interactions. This innovation involves an ultra-thin, flexible layer of silicone rubber brimming with sensory receptors, enabling it to perform intricate tasks. When applied to the fingertips of a prosthetic hand, this sensor-infused "skin" enables a prosthetic limb to delicately handle objects such as eggs, champagne flutes, and fruits. The creators of this technology believe it[more...]