Modern robotics is already enoughmobile, and machines are able to perform a lot of a variety of actions. But most robots lack tactile sensitivity, which is extremely important when interacting with various objects. However, things can soon change, because a group of engineers from Switzerland created ultra-thin flexible cables that can transmit electronic signals when touched.
Responsible for the development of engineers of the FederalLausanne Polytechnic School (EPFL), and, as reported by the publication Advance Materials, the principle of flexible wires is very similar to the work of sensitive nerve tissue in humans. It is based on optical fiber, inside of which several dozens of rows of electrodes are located from the periphery to the center. Thanks to this, the device can respond to pressure, touch and even damage. The “synthetic nerve" itself can distinguish the load due to the fact that different tactile electrodes are located at different depths. As project head Fabien Sorin stated,
“The human nervous system is very similar tofiber optic network, where each nerve is a cable, and inside it are electrodes. We use the same principle when creating our artificial nerves. The conductor elements are connected by plastic blocks that are highly elastic and resistant to heat. "
The creators have already filed a patent for their technology andThey hope that the creators of robotics will be interested in their development, but even if this does not happen, scientists say that their material can easily be integrated into any field. For example, in smart clothes and wearable electronics.