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Low-Cost "Paper Skin" Boasts Same Sensory Functions As the Real Thing ( 18

Zothecula writes: Multipurpose sensors that are both flexible and wearable could one day be used for everything from monitoring the body's vital signs to changing the way we interact with computers. Working toward this goal, researchers in Saudi Arabia have used low-cost everyday items that you probably have laying around your house to develop a paper-based sensor that reacts to the same stimuli as human skin, such as pressure, touch and temperature.
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Low-Cost "Paper Skin" Boasts Same Sensory Functions As the Real Thing

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  • by Freshly Exhumed ( 105597 ) on Monday February 22, 2016 @05:39PM (#51562161) Homepage

    Where is all that screeching and wailing coming from? It sounds like Mr. Whipple squeezed the new super-touch-sensor Charmin over in aisle 7.

  • I hope these researchers are developing some sort of coverup for that paper skin. As we all know, in SA the display of *gasp* female bare skin is shameful. Because the men can't control themselves, or God doesn't like female skin or something.
  • by cripkd ( 709136 ) on Monday February 22, 2016 @05:53PM (#51562277) Homepage
    "that reacts to the same stimuli as human skin, such as pressure, touch,flogging, beating and temperature" There, since this is from Saudi Arabia, I fixed that.
  • There is nothing new in this work, most of it looks like kid's science projects or the stuff you see on, all they did was do several at he same time, so what is the big deal?

    If I am making millions or billions of something the exotic configuration of the materials is irrelevant, as the astounding advanced in OLED 4K displays demonstrate.
  • The robots will be much easier to burn if their exoskeletons are made of paper. Good thinking, there! Bonus: they'll be much less likely to give us a hard time about being squishy if we can give them a hard time about being flammable.
  • This sounds like it's somewhere between innovative and a high-school science fair experiment. One of their examples is measuring temperature based on changes in the resistivity of aluminum foil... not exactly groundbreaking. While the physics makes it possible, and the materials may be cheap, the hardware you'll need to measure the tiny changes in the properties of these household materials is going to cost much more than the materials themselves, so the practical utility of this is minor, I'd suspect.


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