A new sensor developed at the University of
Toronto can record the sensations of the human skin. The sensor is stretchable,
transparent, and is powered by its internal mechanism. The complexity of skin
sensations is difficult to tap, but the new ‘AISkin’ sensor could resolve this
difficulty. The researchers assert that the distinct properties of this ionic
skin sensor could pave way for several advancements. Some of the key areas of
applications of this sensor are personal health care, wearable electronics, and
robotics. It would be interesting to see the take of medical professionals on
the new sensor.
Development of AISkin Sensor
Meanwhile, the sensor is a type of hydrogel, and
it endows excellent adhesive properties. For this reason, it remains intact on
the surface of the skin, and doesn’t fall off. Moreover, the biocompatibility
and inexpensive costing of AISkin could help in accelerating its manufacturing.
Therefore, several researchers are focusing on studying emerging avenues within
soft robotics and ionic skin. This factor shall give an impetus to the research
conducted at University of Toronto. The researchers used two
oppositely-charged, stretchable sheets to develop the AISkin sensor. The
combination of positive and negative ions helps in generating a layer known as
‘sensing junction’. This layer helps in tapping the complexities of the skin
Similarities to Human Skin Sensor
Changes in humidity, temperature, and
strain results in the motion of ions inside the sensing junction. This motion
can be gauged in terms of electrical signals such as current and voltage.
Sensing of pressure or heat in the human skin also involves the use of mobile
ions. Therefore, the new skin sensor imitates the action of the human skin.
This could be an important consideration for analysts giving their feedback on
the new technology.
conducted at Monash University has led to the development of highly efficient
batteries. The batteries are a combination of lithium and sulphur, and are due
to revolutionize several commercial applications. The lithium-sulphur
batteries are four times more efficient than the models available in the
market. With the capacity to power Australia and other regional pockets, these
batteries could emerge as a ground-breaking technology.
expected these batteries could support power for a smartphone for five days
without need to be charged. Moreover, equipping these batteries in electric
vehicles could optimize their single-charge run. The research was led by Dr.
Mahdokht Shaibani from the department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
at Monash. Other researchers included Assistant Professor Matthew Hill and
Professor Mainak Majumder.
Addressing Problem of Power Optimization
researchers assert that the lithium-sulphur batteries are better in performance
and environmental-friendliness. Furthermore, the ultra-high capacity of the
batteries could help in addressing problems of optimal power in multiple
devices. The researchers collaborated with Fraunhofer Institute for Material
and Beam Technology for fabricating prototype cells. Moreover, they also
received approved patents for their manufacturing processes. Science
Advances journal published the findings of the research on 03rd
January, 2020. The development displays potential to transform manufacturing of
cars, phones, and grids, stated one of the researchers. Furthermore, this could
give an impetus to manufacturing technologies in Australia.
Support from Key Entities
batteries are expected to account for a significant share of the $213 bn value
chain estimated for Australian lithium. Moreover, the Australian vehicle market
could also grow through the development of lithium-sulphur batteries. The
research team revealed that they have received funding worth $2.5 million from
governments and industry partners. Chinese and European manufacturers of
lithium batteries have also shown interest in upscaling production of these
Use of humanoid robots for public events and
entertainment shows is gaining popularity in recent times. These robots use
facial recognition technologies to entertain astronauts, guests, and kids at
events. CloudMinds Technology Inc., a renowned integrator of robotic solutions,
recently developed a robot rental program. Under this program, the company
shall provide humanoid robots that can be used for entertainment at major
events. Meanwhile, the relevance of these robots is mostly expected for
weddings, trade shows, conferences, and annual meets. For its expanded use,
CloudMind’s mission is to people with operation and integration of robots. The
company develops end-to-end robots, and helps the masses in integrating them
across various verticals.
Premium Features of CloudMind’s Robots
The newly developed robots are equipped with premium
task ability that makes them more nimble and agile. Besides, their language
processing algorithms facilitate smart interactions with the users. Moreover,
the robots can process several languages that are programmed in their memory.
The company revealed that the robots could ‘dance’ and perform entertaining
gestures for the guests. This feature could also help brands in offering
tailored experiences based on their brand styles.
Distinct Approach by CloudMinds
CloudMinds is revolutionizing cloud-based
artificial intelligence with the development of these robots. Furthermore, the
robots thrive on their ability to learn from human inputs. The founder and CEO
of CloudMinds, Bill Huang, asserts that the company is integrating smart robots
into the society. The company is redefining robotic technologies for providing
new models for businesses and homes.
Meanwhile, CloudMinds is surging ahead in terms of
innovation and customer-centricity. Additionally, the company is developing intelligent
compliant services that fit into the requirements of the users. They are moving
from wheeled to two-legged form robots that shall help in fostering greater
utility. It would be interesting to witness the adoption rate of these robots
in the years to follow