Tuesday, January 31, 2023

New Sensors Could Revolutionize Prosthetics and Robotic Limbs

Robotic systems with better pressure sensors could change the way prosthetics and artificial limbs work.

This ground-breaking study aims to make pressure sensors that give haptic feedback and diffused touch in order to improve the motor skills and dexterity of robots. The University of the Western Isles and Inclusive Graphene Ltd. is in charge of the program. The Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe) and the NMIS’ Industry Doctorate Program in Manufacturing make it feasible.

Professor Des Gibson was in charge of the project. He said, “Robotic systems usually can’t do certain things because they don’t have sensory skills”. He is in charge of the project and is also the head of UWS’s Institute of Thin Films, Sensors, and Imaging. For robots to work as well as they can, they need pressure sensors.

We were able to make a new kind of pressure sensor because we worked with Integrated Graphene Ltd.

The 3D graphene foam sensors measure electrical signals using a piezoresistive method. When put under pressure, the material’s electric resistance changes in a way that can detect. And respond to different levels of pressure, from light to heavy.

Gii, co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Integrated Graphene, said that “Gii, our innovative 3D graphene foam. Can mimic the sensitivity and feedback of human touch. This could change how surgeons and factory workers use robots.

We’re happy to show how versatile Gii is in projects like this one because we think its unique quality makes it useful for spotting sickness and storing energy. A professor of computing engineering and physical sciences at the University of Western Sydney (UWS). Dr. Carlos Garcia Nunez talked about how important pressure sensors are in robotics and wearable electronics. For this kind of use, the electrical, mechanical, and chemical properties of 3D graphene foam are helpful.

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Dynamic pressure sensors could transform robot manufacturing. Claire Ordoyno, the interim director of SRPe, said that the SRPe-NMIS Industrial Doctorate Program “brings together academic research and industrial partners to drive technical innovation. These combined Ph.D. programs improve engineering research in Scotland and turn out Ph.D. graduates who tend to focus on innovation and are ready to work in the business world.

In the next step of the work, which is being paid for by UWS, Integrated Graphene Ltd, SRPe. NMIS, the sensors will be made more sensitive so that they can be used in robots. Prosthetic limbs and robotic limbs may also revolutionize using new sensors.

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