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Electronic skin: smartphone "successor"

  • Author:chipstores
  • Source:chipstores.com
  • Release on :2018-05-11

Smart watches can help us monitor sleep and heart rate; smart speakers can tell us today's weather, what clothes are suitable and real-time news; smart phones can do more, include food, clothing, housing, and all aspects... In the near future, these features may all be " Electronic skin".

    Recently, the member of Scientific Committee of the Future Science Awards and professor Stanford University of the United States, Bao Zheernan, published a report in the British “Nature” magazine that they successfully developed a high-density, high-sensitivity stretchable transistor array that was easier to mass-produce for the first time. The result was flexible electronics. New breakthroughs in manufacturing processes in the field. Bao Zhe Nan has said that smart phones are now, and artificial electronic skin is the future and is the direction of the next generation of electronic industry.

    Perceive the environment and respond like humans

    In explaining the value of this achievement, Baozhan Nan explained: “There are many layers of different materials in the integrated circuit. These materials must be made into very small different shapes and then stacked one on top of the other. There are tens to hundreds of the entire process. "The steps." She revealed that the team completed the entire process development in 8 to 10 years. "This proves that using electronic skin-like electronic materials as electronic devices is achievable, and is no longer a science-fiction scene. The implementation of the skin is only a matter of time, and the integration has become bigger and bigger with more and more functions. We have demonstrated the first step."

    “Electronic skin is amazing.” Wang Huatao, an associate professor at the Harbin Institute of Technology (Weihai) School of Materials Science and Engineering, who has worked on flexible materials for many years, told reporters at the Science and Technology Daily that electronic skin is a kind of intelligent bionic skin. At the beginning of the study, scientists were inspired by the fact that human skin was sensible and able to experience things from outside, creating the idea of ​​creating intelligent bionic skin that was as soft and transparent as human skin and could sense external information such as heat and power. Once this idea is realized, it means that the machine has a surface layer like human skin, can receive external information, perceive environmental information as humans, and give corresponding responses.

    "This type of electronic skin 'skin' is generally chosen to be flexible, transparent and can be made into thin sheets of material or composite materials, and the realization of the 'electronic' aspect of electronic skin is mostly based on a flexible transparent material substrate to add materials with certain electrical properties Compounding, or etching the integrated circuit directly on its surface, detecting the force and heat signals and transferring them to the relevant electronic devices, said Wang Huatao.