Developing Hydrogel Sensors to Tap Human Skin Sensations

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 sensation.

 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.

Monash University Researchers Develop Ultra-Efficient Li-S Batteries

Research 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.

 It is 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

 The 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

 Li-S 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 batteries.

CloudMinds Develops Smart Robots for Entertainment Platforms

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