Scientists from Switzerland provide the nervous system for robots

Modern robotics is already quite mobile, and machines are capable of performing a wide variety of mass action. But most robots devoid of tactile sensitivity, which is very important in interaction with various objects. However, all may change soon, because a group of engineers from Switzerland has created ultra-flexible cables that can transmit electronic signals to the touch.

Scientists from Switzerland provide the nervous system for robots

For the development of responsible engineers École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), and, as reported by the publication of Advance Materials, principle of flexible wires much like a work of human sensory nerve tissues. The underlying optical fiber, within which from the periphery to the center is located a few tens of rows of electrodes. Thanks to this device can respond to pressure, touch and even to injury. "Synthetic nerve" itself can distinguish the load due to the fact that different tactile electrodes are placed at different depths. As the head of the project Fabien Sorin,

"The human nervous system is very similar to the fiber optic network, where each nerve - this is the cable and inside the electrodes. The same principle we use when creating our artificial nerves. Conductive elements are connected with plastic blocks, which have high elasticity and resistance to heat. "

The creators have already filed a patent on the technology and hopes that the robot creators interested in developing them, but even if this does not happen, scientists say that their material can easily be integrated into any area. For example, in smart clothing and wearable electronics.

Scientists from Switzerland provide the nervous system for robots