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Robotic Skin Lights Up When Touched

samzenpus posted about a year ago | from the touch-a-touch-a-touch-a-touch-me dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have designed a super-thin flexible skin that lights up when touched. 'Thinner than a sheet of paper, the skin is made from layers of plastic and a pressure-sensitive rubber. A conductive silver ink, organic LEDs, and thin-film transistors made from semiconductor-enriched carbon nanotubes are sandwiched between the layers. Applying pressure sends a signal through the rubber that ultimately turns on the LEDs, which light up in red, green, yellow or blue. Instead of using the material to create bodysuits for Burning Man or other illuminated party tricks, scientists suggest that it might be used for smart wallpapers, health-monitoring devices, or in robotics. The type of interactive pressure sensor developed by the Berkeley scientists could also be useful in artificial skin for prosthetic limbs'"

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Data Says (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44355225)

Oooh baby you're making my queries hard!

Wallpaper? (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#44355245)

Only if you like extremely low-res images on your walls.

I'm still waiting for 4x8' sheets of electronic wallpaper with decent resolution and at least 15-bit of RGB/CYMK colors.

Re:Wallpaper? (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about a year ago | (#44355959)

Circle: See circle:
I'm in my 50's; I've seen the progression from punched cards, paper tapes & music ruled output to vty terminals etc.
More importantly from Green screen, text only, to CGA then Radius rotatable Hercules, through various iterations to VGA/XGA and beyond.
I had an Amstrad monitor, connected to a 80286 pc with a .24 dot pitch 14" monitor, which had a better resolution than modern huge, fuck off, HDMI lcd/led tellies.
Apart from the thinness what's the advantage? Oh wait, just remembered; I'm blind as a Mole in the sunlight. Doh!

Burning Man (2)

crakbone (860662) | about a year ago | (#44355263)

" Instead of using the material to create bodysuits for Burning Man or other illuminated party tricks, scientists suggest that it might be used for smart wallpapers, health-monitoring devices, or in robotics" "many respectable physicists wouldn't stand for that sort of thing, "partly because it was a debasement of science, but mostly because they didn't get invited to those sort of parties." - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Re:Burning Man (1)

CoolHnd30 (89871) | about a year ago | (#44361091)

Nice quote :)

I would have thought... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44355291)

...when we created Cylons, we would have started with the AI.

New Tech's "old reliable" standby: (1)

millertym (1946872) | about a year ago | (#44355315)

Pr0n. You can bet the perv industry is always interesting in anything containing the description of "robotic", "skin", and "Lights up when touched".

Trojan might make use of this. (1)

NeoMorphy (576507) | about a year ago | (#44355333)

Can it also prevent STDs?

Re:Trojan might make use of this. (1)

Finallyjoined!!! (1158431) | about a year ago | (#44355413)

Can it also prevent STDs?

Most likely cause STDs... "Ooh shiny, must fuck..

Reminds me of Data from Star Trek,... (1)

Selur (2745445) | about a year ago | (#44355429)

when the Borg Queen transplanted some of her skin onto Data (-> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_HSYB3EPNk [youtube.com] )

Re:Reminds me of Data from Star Trek,... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44356175)

she asked him about sex too so i think his pee pee was replaced too unless the queen was really a he "drag queen".

Is that ... (2)

PPH (736903) | about a year ago | (#44355435)

... a flashlight in your pocket? Or are you just happy to see me?

"Robotic" skin??? (1)

Fieryphoenix (1161565) | about a year ago | (#44355447)

Please. This is a material, and is no more robotic than rubber, which you can also cover a robot with.

Ghost in the Shell (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44355473)

Masamune Shirow pretty much described this mechanism in how the artificial skin of the cyberized humans worked in his manga.

i have seen the future! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44355573)

we CAN fuck it! AND it lights up!

fuck yeah, the future is gonna be sick awesome. and sticky.

Re:i have seen the future! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44357207)

That's why we invented moist towelettes first.

New and improved (2)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#44355817)

The Fleshlight will now come in a new Fleshlightlight version! And if it's too heavy, they're also planning a lighter version called the Fleshlightlightlite.

Anti-masturbation device? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44356051)

if your room lights up like a strobe light during periods of intense and furious masturbation, could this be a masturbation cessation tool?

wallpaper ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44356061)

seems like a boring app. Bill Gates is offering $1m for a new an improved condom ...

uhh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44356133)

My phone can do this already.

Skin-implanted displays (1)

Arancaytar (966377) | about a year ago | (#44356155)

Instead of smartphones, we could have smartwrists and literal palm pilots.

ooh... (1)

Jay Maynard (54798) | about a year ago | (#44358621)

...WANT.

Coming soon ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44359733)

... illuminated nipples

Flickercladding? (1)

CoreDump (1715) | about a year ago | (#44360865)

Hmmm... sounds like I've read about this somewhere....

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