They’ve got the touch.
Engineers at the University of Washington and UCLA have joined forces to figure out how to make flexible sensors so prosthetics can feel things. Like an eggshell breaking, or a glass slipping out of your hand.
And they make the bio-skin from the same silicone rubber in your swimming goggles.
The sensors stretch over a prosthetic finger to convey information about shear force and vibration. That’s how they create a high level of precision for activities that need a light touch, like using a smartphone or shaking hands.
Nice work UW and UCLA.
Success is within their grasp:
Jonathan D. Posner, University of Washington, Senior Author.
Veronica J. Santos, University of California, Los Angeles, Co-Author and Robotics Collaborator.
Jianzhu Yin, University of Washington, Lead Author.
Published in Science Direct.
Research funded by National Science Foundation