Scientists have created a material that gives robots the functions of touch and regeneration
Scientists from Singapore have developed a foam material with which robots can sense nearby objects and regenerate themselves. He can improve prostheses, writes Reuters.
The material was named AiFoam. It is a highly elastic polymer created by mixing a fluoropolymer with a surface tension reducing compound. Scientists note that when damaged, it easily reunites back. They believe that the material can find applications in robotics and prosthetics.
To realize the function of touch, the specialists filled the material with microscopic metal particles and added tiny electrodes under the surface of the foam. When pressure is applied, the metal particles shift in the polymer matrix and their electrical properties change. With the help of electrodes connected to a computer, these changes are read, and the electronics sends a corresponding signal to artificial intelligence. With this function, the robot can determine the size of the object and the direction of the applied force.
Recall that in April, American scientists created a durable material for filling bulletproof vests based on the abdominal carapace of lobsters. And in June, it became known that Russian specialists were developing an inexpensive polymer that could stop bleeding within a minute.