The arrays are transparent, flexible, and quite durable, which opens them up to a wide range of applications, particularly for touchscreens and artificial skin (Photo: Georgia Tech / Gary Meek)
Scientists at Georgia Tech have crafted a new type of touch-reactive material that's sensitive enough to read fingerprints and could give robots a sense of touch that resembles our own (Photo: Georgia Tech / Gary Meek)
The material's heightened tactility comes from thousands of piezotronic transistors, each containing about 1,500 nanowires that are between 500 and 600 nanometers in diameter (Image courtesy of Zhong Lin Wang)
For years now, scientists across the globe have strived to find a method that gives robots an accurate sense of touch, and with good reason. A robot with an improved ability to feel would be better equipped to identify objects, judge its movements with greater care, and perform more tasks overall. In the latest step towards that goal, researchers at Georgia Tech have crafted a new type of touch-reactive material that's sensitive enough to read fingerprints and could provide robots with a sense of touch that resembles our own.
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