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Star Wars inspires researchers to build artificial skin that can feel – CNET

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Scientists at a top Singapore university say they have built an electronic skin that can be used in robots and prosthetic limbs to recreate a sense of touch that is akin to human touch, if not more responsive.

The electronic skin, known as known as Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin (ACES), is made up of a network of sensors connected via a single electrical conductor. It can be used in robots or prosthetic limbs to to recreate a sense of touch that feels pain, temperature, shape and texture, according to the team of scientists at the National University of Singapore who spent a year and a half developing it.

“When you lose your sense of touch, you essentially become numb… and prosthetic users face that problem,” said Dr. Benjamin Tee, an Assistant Professor at NUS who is leading the research team behind the electronic skin, in a Reuters interview.

“So by recreating an artificial version of the skin, for their prosthetic devices, they can hold a hand and feel the warmth and feel that it is soft, how hard are they holding the hand.”

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After having his hand cut off by Darth Vader in “The Empire Strikes Back,” Luke Skywalker used this prosthetic.
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According to Reuters, Tee traced back his inspiration to a scene in “The Empire Strikes Back”, where Luke Skywalker loses his right hand, which is replaced by a robotic one that is able to experience the sense of touch.

ACES was first developed in 2019, but in July this year the NUS team demonstrated how it can help robots become smarter when equipped with their electronic skin and vision sensors. The benefits included enabling robots to read braille and to classify objects.

This isn’t the first futuristic skin that Dr. Tee and his team have created. Last March, they unveiled a self-healing, stretchable skin that could allow humans to better interact with robots.

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