The Wootzkin electronic skin from Wootzano gives robots a sense touch suitable for delicate tasks.
One of the first electronic skins to become commercially available, the Wootzkin skin was created by using photolithography to place metal electrodes on a modified elastomer. The electronic skin features both piezoelectric and piezoresistive sensors as well as temperature and humidity sensors, and can be bent or stretched with no reduction in performance. The Wootzano team has also developed machine learning algorithms that can be used by robots equipped with the skin to learn how to handle different objects.
The skin could have applications in robotics—particularly in agriculture—as well as in prosthetic limbs.
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