Researchers have created a medical robotic arm with smart electronic skin that is highly mobile and enables the collection of important diagnostic data.
Currently, there are many types of robotic hands, but they are still not capable of replacing human touch. However, a team from the University of Houston reported that they are very close to solving this issue..
Scientists have developed a robotic limb with an elastic coating of a rubber-like semiconductor material that mimics the mechanical softness of biological tissues. They have also integrated flexible electronic systems, microcircuits and sensors into the coverage that allow the collection of various data..
To improve mobility the team added a small amount of carbon nanotubes to the semiconductor material. Due to this, it retains its electrical characteristics even when stretched by 50%.
Doctors will be able to work remotely using sensitive robotic arms
Such devices can be used for medical robotic applications, research in harsh environments, and building robots that respond to natural disasters.
Scientists also reported last month creating a million microrobots that can go through a medical needle.
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: iStock