New materials and advances in making electronic skin for interactive robots

Yogeswaran, N. et al. (2015) New materials and advances in making electronic skin for interactive robots. Advanced Robotics, 29(21), pp. 1359-1373. (doi: 10.1080/01691864.2015.1095653)

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Flexible electronics has huge potential to bring revolution in robotics and prosthetics as well as to bring about the next big evolution in electronics industry. In robotics and related applications, it is expected to revolutionise the way with which machines interact with humans, real-world objects and the environment. For example, the conformable electronic or tactile skin on robot’s body, enabled by advances in flexible electronics, will allow safe robotic interaction during physical contact of robot with various objects. Developing a conformable, bendable and stretchable electronic system requires distributing electronics over large non-planar surfaces and movable components. The current research focus in this direction is marked by the use of novel materials or by the smart engineering of the traditional materials to develop new sensors, electronics on substrates that can be wrapped around curved surfaces. Attempts are being made to achieve flexibility/stretchability in e-skin while retaining a reliable operation. This review provides insight into various materials that have been used in the development of flexible electronics primarily for e-skin applications.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Yogeswaran, Mr Nivasan and Dahiya, Professor Ravinder and Polat, Dr Emre Ozan and Shakthivel, Dr Dhayalan and Heidari, Dr Hadi
Authors: Yogeswaran, N., Dang, W., Navaraj, W. T., Shakthivel, D., Khan, S., Polat, E. O., Gupta, S., Heidari, H., Kaboli, M., Lorenzelli, L., Cheng, G., and Dahiya, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
Journal Name:Advanced Robotics
Publisher:Taylor and Francis for the Robotics Society of Japan
ISSN (Online):1568-5535
Published Online:05 November 2015
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Advanced Robotics
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
663861Engineering Fellowships for Growth: Printed Tactile SKINRavinder DahiyaEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/M002527/1ENG - ENGINEERING ELECTRONICS & NANO ENG