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Flexible Fabric Powers Diodes and Displays

Material made from silver (Ag), polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), and zinc oxide captured energy generated by pressure and used it to power diodes and displays. Photo credit: ACS Nano.)

Scientists have created the first durable, flexible cloth that harnesses human motion to generate energy. The material can also charge batteries and super capacitors without an external power source. As reported in the journal ACS Nano, the “mechanically robust” material can even be folded — just …

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Sensory-Active Skins for Robots

Shape-memory alloy threads are wrapped around foam to demonstrate how the sensory skin of a soft robot. On the left, the threads bend the foam into an L shape. On the right, the threads compress the foam. (Photo courtesy of Purdue University/Rebecca Kramer)

Researchers at Purdue University have built soft robots using shape-memory alloys (SMAs) woven into fabric. By orienting the alloy threads in different ways and wrapping it around foam blocks, the material can initiate movement. “Previous works have not combined both flexible sensors and actuators in their designs, usually …

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