A team of electrical engineers from KAUST, under the supervision of Prof. Muhammad Hussain, has used household materials found in the kitchen, such as aluminum foil, post-it, sponges and tape, to develop low-cost sensors that can detect environmental conditions, including touch, pressure, temperature, acidity and humidity.
The sensor was called Paper Skin and its performances are as good as those of other pseudo-skin artificial materials currently being developed, but for a hundredth of the price of the high-tech commercial competitors.
Their work was published on February 19, 2016 in the inaugural issue of Advanced Materials Technologies.http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/admt.201600004/abstract
For more information on Prof. Muhammad Hussain:https://www.kaust.edu.sa/en/study/faculty/muhammad-hussain
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