The sensor could be embedded in artificial skin for richer sensing (Image: Technion-Israel institute of Technology)
The gold particles are surrounded by ligands, connector molecules, and lay on top of a PET substrate (Image: Technion-Israel institute of Technology)
Using gold nanoparticles on top of a PVC substrate, researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have built a new type of cheap, flexible sensor that simultaneously detects pressure, humidity and temperature with surprising accuracy. The sensor could be used to monitor cracks in bridges, create a better artificial skin to benefit amputees, or even to give robots that special "human touch."
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