Solar-Powered Skin Could Help Prosthetics Imbue Sense of Touch


Engineers from the University of Glasgow have developed a synthetic skin that could help amputees regain their sense of touch.

Clad in graphene, a form of graphite just one atom thick yet tougher than steel, the “electronic skin” even uses photovoltaic cells to harvest power from the sun.

“This could allow the creation of an entirely energy-autonomous prosthetic limb,” said Ravinder Dahiya, head of the School of Engineering’s Bendable Electronics and Sensing Technologies group and the author of a paper on the subject in the current issue of Advanced Functional Materials.

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