Welcome to the Slashdot Beta site -- learn more here. Use the link in the footer or click here to return to the Classic version of Slashdot.

Thank you!

Before you choose to head back to the Classic look of the site, we'd appreciate it if you share your thoughts on the Beta; your feedback is what drives our ongoing development.

Beta is different and we value you taking the time to try it out. Please take a look at the changes we've made in Beta and  learn more about it. Thanks for reading, and for making the site better!

Stanford Scientists Show Stretchable Skin-Like Sensor

Soulskill posted about 3 years ago | from the teaching-androids-to-feel dept.

Robotics 19

SkinnyGuy writes with news of an invention out of Stanford that improves upon previous work: a transparent, stretchable, skin-like sensor that could have applications for prosthetic limbs and robotics. Quoting: "The sensor uses a transparent film of single-walled carbon nanotubes that act as tiny springs, enabling the sensor to accurately measure the force on it, whether it's being pulled like taffy or squeezed like a sponge. ... The sensors consist of two layers of the nanotube-coated silicone, oriented so that the coatings are face-to-face, with a layer of a more easily deformed type of silicone between them. The middle layer of silicone stores electrical charge, much like a battery. When pressure is exerted on the sensor, the middle layer of silicone compresses, which alters the amount of electrical charge it can store. That change is detected by the two films of carbon nanotubes, which act like the positive and negative terminals on a typical automobile or flashlight battery. The change sensed by the nanotube films is what enables the sensor to transmit what it is 'feeling.'"

Sorry! There are no comments related to the filter you selected.

That's great. (1)

Securityemo (1407943) | about 3 years ago | (#37824682)

But I'l think I'm going to hold off upgrading my natural skin until they can cram in 16^2 sensors per cm^2.

(Yes, that's a very obscure reference but I just can't help myself.)

Re:That's great. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37824896)

So you want to be as sensitive as Motoko Kusanagi, from Ghost in the Shell...

Re:That's great. (1)

dark_requiem (806308) | about 3 years ago | (#37825028)

Not that obscure buddy. And if you keep going like that, you'll have a heart attack.

highest and best use (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 3 years ago | (#37825196)

we get sensation receivers, the sensor goes in the porn actors penis

Re:highest and best use (1)

Adriax (746043) | about 3 years ago | (#37826042)

Nothing really special about the raw sensory signals involved there, it's what it's wired through that makes it enjoyable. And once we can rewire neural signals like that, why bother with porn stars? Rewire your own scalp signals through there, redefine the term "headbanging".

Re:highest and best use (1)

iggymanz (596061) | about 3 years ago | (#37826472)

I still want a woman to provide the sensory inputs with her orifices, thanks.

Slashdot faggot here. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37824718)

I was just wondering what this article has to do with anal sex. If it doesn't have anything to do with anal sex, it does not belong on slashdot.

Re:Slashdot faggot here. (1)

Securityemo (1407943) | about 3 years ago | (#37824816)

Are you kidding me? If they manage to develop this into artificial skin, you could record the sensations and sell them! And you'd have no worries of software piracy, because the same sensations over and over would probably get pretty dull. Imagine the possibilities!

Re:Slashdot faggot here. (2)

Canazza (1428553) | about 3 years ago | (#37825478)

There was an Arthur C Clarke short story (I think it was Clarke, it may have been Asimov, but since it contains no robots I doubt it) about this, where they created a system for recording and replaying experiences. Originally it was envisioned for use on things like gastronomers, so that people could enjoy the sensation of eating luxury food without actually eating it.

eventually it was just used for sex.

and society crumbled.

Robot Overlords (3, Insightful)

ravenshrike (808508) | about 3 years ago | (#37824822)

I welcome the fact that our robot overlords will know exactly how hard they are crushing our limbs with any part of their chassis.

Re:Robot Overlords (1)

Thing 1 (178996) | about 3 years ago | (#37826508)

I welcome the fact that our robot overlords will know exactly how hard they are crushing our limbs with any part of their chassis.

Reminds me of that Asimov story where the robots knew exactly the pressure required to break human limbs. Ostensibly so that they don't break them; however, later the robots went awry and used their knowledge to apply the most efficient amount of pressure, without wasting energy. Skynet-scary.

Interface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37824940)

So can I get this in 0-5v for my 'duino or will I need a 4-20mA driver?

persocoms next? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37825312)

This is awesome. We are one step closer to chobits

Open Source Robot Skin (1)

IanDanforth (753892) | about 3 years ago | (#37826334)

E-Textile based. Build it yourself today! []

We're only at the prototype stage, but if you don't have any nanotubes lying around, try this out instead!

Ian []

a battery? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37826946)

Sounds like they mean capacitor.
Capacitors store charge across an insulator (silicon) between two conductors (carbon nano-tubes), batteries store chemical energy using an electrolyte and two dissimilar metals.

alliteration (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 years ago | (#37829328)

Stanford Scientists Show Stretchable Skin-Like Sensor

Some Subjects Show Skillful S Starting Slogan Selection

The Flaming Lips called it. (1)

Corf (145778) | about 3 years ago | (#37830172)

One more robot. []

Amazing Alliteration Batman! (1)

thriftysicillian (2484966) | about 3 years ago | (#37857018)

that's all I have to say.
Check for New Comments
Slashdot Login

Need an Account?

Forgot your password?