Looks like you’re on the UK site. Choose another location to see content specific to your location

Home Industry News New flexible sensor ‘could aid development of medical devices’

New flexible sensor ‘could aid development of medical devices’

17th March 2017

Scientists have developed an inexpensive sensor that could be used as the basis for a new generation of flexible electronics for various applications.

Created by the University of British Columbia, the sensor consists of a highly conductive gel between layers of silicone that can detect different types of touch, including swiping and tapping, even when stretched, folded or bent.

Although the prototype measures only five sq cm, it could be easily scaled up, as it uses inexpensive and widely available materials. This means it could be applied to a handheld device, a whole-body coating or even a room-sized version.

Possible applications include foldable smartphones, artificial skins to sense the body's movements and vital signs, or robotic skins to improve the safety of interactions between humans and robots.

Researcher Mirza Saquib Sarwar, a PhD student in electrical and computer engineering at the University of British Columbia, said: "There are sensors that can detect pressure … and some that can detect a hovering finger. There are also sensors that are foldable, transparent and stretchable. Our contribution is a device that combines all those functions in one compact package."

With over 20 years of experience within the service engineering market, we at Zenopa have the knowledge, skills and expertise to help find the right job for you. To find out more about the current service engineering roles we have available, you can search for the latest job roles, register your details, or contact the team today.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801833681-ADNFCR

We currently have 8 jobs available in Pharmacy industry, find your perfect one now.

Stay informed

Receive the latest industry news, Tips
and straight to your inbox.