by Andrea Powell, Wired
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN prosthetic and real is shrinking. Thanks to advances in batteries, brain-controlled robotics, and AI, today’s mechanical limbs can do everything from twist and point to grab and lift. And this isn’t just good news for amputees. “For something like bomb disposal, why not use a robotic arm?” says Justin Sanchez, manager of Darpa’s Revolutionizing Prosthetics program. Well, that would certainly be handy.
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Researchers from the Monash University have discovered a new sponge-like material called graphene elastomer. This revolutionary material could have diverse and valuable real-life applications, the applications for this type of technology are limitless. Not only can it lead to developing better, softer robots which can, for example, aid in healthcare or take care of the elders, but it can create a new generation of skin prosthetics. Right now, despite the great advancement in prosthetics provided by 3D printing, skin prosthetics still remain a challenge due to their lack of sensitivity but by Graphene elastomer technology can highly sensitive prosthetic hands. Continue reading Graphene elastomer exceeds sensitivity of human skin