Stretchable robot “skin” can display health data

Robert Shepherd and Cornell colleagues have developed an electroluminescent “skin” that stretches to more than six times its original size while emitting light.  This could be used for soft robots that move more naturally, and dynamically display information, include health data.  The Cornell press release invites us to imagine “a  health care robot that displays a patient’s temperature and pulse, and even reacts to a patient’s mood.”

The material uses a “hyper-elastic light-emitting capacitor” made of layers of transparent hydrogel electrodes surrounding an insulating elastomer  sheet. The elastomer changes luminance and capacitance when stretched or rolled. The  skin allows soft robots to sense their actuated state and environment and communicate optically.  Small robots can crawl.

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