I robot . future they will not have a skin inspired by the human one, but much better, more like that of the octopus. This special type of skin lights up and changes color if it is touched, is elastic and can stretch up to 500%, it perceives touch and pressure. Not bad for a robot.
It is the first hi-tech skin inspired by the octopus, which could make the robots of the future camouflage. The skin of the future was featured in the magazine Science. This is the invention of the group coordinated by Robert Shepherd, of the American Cornell University, in collaboration with the Italian Institute of Technology (Iit) of Genoa.
"We were inspired by the skin of the octopus and we have obtained a material with tactile properties and hyper-elastic, to the point that it can be deformed by 500% and return to its original appearance," he said. Barbara Mazzolai, of the Iit. For now, researchers have used robotic skin to coat an automaton's arm.
“When the arm bends the material deforms and changes color, it also responds to tactile stimulation and allows you to controllare la pressure“, Continued the researcher. The hi-tech leather is made of silicone; inside there are hydrogel electrodes and particles of zinc, copper and manganese sulphide. The ultimate goal is to make robots functional as regards interaction with humans.