Rubbery Conductor Promises Robots A Stretchy Skin, University of Tokyo Research
NewScientist -- Giving robots skin as soft and sensitive as a cosmetics model is difficult when it must be built using tough, inflexible electronics. But Japanese researchers have created super-stretchy circuits from a new elastic conductor material that could be the solution. The rubbery conductor was developed by Takao Someya's team at the University of Tokyo. They aim to produce "e-skin" – an affordable layer of pressure and temperature sensors flexible enough to completely cover a robot without limiting its movement.