New Wearables from Magnetized Skin

Breakthrough Innovation from Saudi Arabia

Artificial Skin that Feels
A team at KAUST, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, has developed a new, magnetic skin that could enable new, wearable consumer technology and assistive devices for the elderly and disabled.  The skin is imperceptible, biocompatible and very innovative.  The new tech ushers in a new generation of touch sensors with low-cost technology applications.

No Batteries or Wires Needed
What is remarkable is the skin doesn't require embedded wires, batteries or antennas.  The material is ultra flexible.  It's powered by an elastomer matrix mixed with magnetic powder.

Tailor-Magnetized for Specific Uses
The skin is tailor-magnetized for specific applications.  The uses include tracking eye movements to detect disease and robotic arms and prosthetics with haptic perception.  The key innovator is KAUST PhD. candidate Ahmed Alfadhel who started by investigating nature's solutions for a sense of touch in animals like fish and crickets.  He says these creatures have incredible mechanosensorial skin that allow them to feel "the imperceptible like the landing of a butterfly."


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