E-Skin Functions as a Bionic Compass

E-Skin Functions as a Bionic Compass
An electronic skin able to detect motion relative to the Earth’s magnetic field could have applications in humans and robotics.

The e-skin was created by a team from Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) using a thin sheet of polymer foil equipped with layers of magnetic sensors able to detect geomagnetic fields. The resistance of the layers will alter based on their orientation to the Earth’s magnetic field, resulting in a bionic compass that can be affixed to a surface (including human skin). When worn on the tip of a finger, the e-skin was able to detect the direction the wearer was walking—displaying the information on a compass—and also transmit that information to a VR character on nearby screen.

E-Skin Functions as a Bionic Compass

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