Robotics

Multifunctional metallic backbones for origami robotics

Origami robots can be formed by tightly integrating multiple functions of actuation, sensing and communication. But the task is challenging as conventional materials including plastics and paper used for such robotic designs ...

Engineering

Smart fabrics and self-powered sensing

Smart fabrics and wearable electronics can be developed using highly conductive and stretchy fibers. Most of these fiber conductors are, however, strain sensitive with limited conductance on stretching. As a result, a new ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

Compliant and conductive carbon nanomaterial for on-skin electronics

A soft and flexible electronic "e-skin," so sensitive it can detect the minute temperature difference between an inhaled and an exhaled breath, could form the basis of a new form of on-skin biosensor. The ultrathin material ...

Engineering

Sensing pressure using paper

Several industrial, automotive and health care applications rely on accurate and precise measurement of pressure. Flexible and wearable pressure sensors are typically fabricated using petroleum-based polymers. The solid waste ...

Engineering

Research allows for 3D printing of 'organic electronics'

When looking at the future of production of micro-scale organic electronics, Mohammad Reza Abidian—associate professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering—sees their potential ...

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