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Scientists Create Sensor As Sensitive As Real Skin

Scientists Create Sensor As Sensitive As Real Skin | Longevity science | Scoop.it

While prosthetic limbs continue to improve, tactile feedback is one feature that many are keen to incorporate into the prosthetics but it remains a very difficult technology to develop. But now scientists have developed a new device so packed with sensors it is about as sensitive as human skin. Just as Moore’s Law continues to benefit the integrated circuit, packing ever more sensors into a smaller area will allow such devices to one day be built into everything we touch.

Some areas of our skin, like the lips and fingertips, are more sensitive to the touch because of a greater density of receptors that translate mechanical force into neuronal signals. The sensory device built by scientists at Georgia Tech is a new kind of transistor that converts mechanical force into electricity. The force bends nanoscale wires made of zinc oxide. When the wires bend back, zinc and oxide ions create an electrical potential that is converted to electrical current of a few millivolts. Converting mechanical energy to electrical energy is known as the piezoelectric effect.

 

 

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Filler makes old skin cells act young again

Filler makes old skin cells act young again | Longevity science | Scoop.it
Scientists have found that it might be possible to slow the decline of aging tissue by adding more filler to the fiber-filled area around the cells
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Piezoelectric skin provides human-like sense of touch

Piezoelectric skin provides human-like sense of touch | Longevity science | Scoop.it

For years now, scientists across the globe have strived to find a method that gives robots an accurate sense of touch, and with good reason. A robot with an improved ability to feel would be better equipped to identify objects, judge its movements with greater care, and perform more tasks overall. In the latest step towards that goal, researchers at Georgia Tech have crafted a new type of touch-reactive material that's sensitive enough to read fingerprints and could provide robots with a sense of touch that resembles our own.

 

 

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Spray-on skin speeds healing of venous leg ulcers

Spray-on skin speeds healing of venous leg ulcers | Longevity science | Scoop.it

According the UK’s National Health Service, one person in 50 over the age of 80 will develop venous leg ulcers.

 

The ulcers occur when high blood pressure in the veins of the legs causes damage to the adjacent skin, ultimately resulting in the breakdown of that tissue.

 

While the ulcers can be quite resistant to treatment, a team of scientists is now reporting success in using a sort of “spray-on skin” to heal them.

 

 

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