Artificial Magnetic Skin

Contamination might be prevented in the scenario the place laboratory gear may be managed by the wave of a hand. © 2019 KAUST

A magnetic pores and skin that’s protected and cozy to put on may open the door to a variety of wi-fi, remotely managed purposes.

Who has not unleashed their interior Jedi to make use of “the force” to open computerized doorways at the shopping center? A novel magnetic pores and skin has been developed at KAUST that may remotely management switches and keyboards with the wave of a hand or the blink of an eye fixed.

The factitious pores and skin is wearable, versatile, light-weight and magnetized, making it helpful in a wide range of purposes with out the want for a wired connection to different gadgets.

KAUST electrical engineers have developed a synthetic digital pores and skin that requires no energy provide or information storage. © 2019 KAUST

“Artificial electronic skins typically require a power supply and data storage or a communication network. This involves batteries, wires, electronic chips and antennas and makes the skins inconvenient to wear,” says electrical engineer Jurgen Kosel, who led the mission. “Our magnetic skin does not require any of this. To the best of our knowledge, it is the first of its kind.”

Abdullah Almansouri, Liam Swanepole and Jurgen Kosel

Left to proper: Abdullah Almansouri, Liam Swanepole and Jurgen Kosel focus on the outcomes of their checks on the magnetic pores and skin. © 2019 KAUST

The pores and skin is made utilizing an ultraflexible, biocompatible polymer matrix full of magnetized microparticles. “It can be customized into any shape and color, making it imperceptible or even stylish,” says KAUST Ph.D. pupil, Abdullah Almansouri. The fabrication course of is cheap and easy. “Anyone can start their own artificial skin project after a few minutes of training if they have the tools and materials,” he says.

The workforce examined their magnetic pores and skin for monitoring eye actions by attaching it to an eyelid with a multi-axis magnetic sensor positioned close by. Eye motion modified the magnetic area detected by the sensor whether or not the eyelid was opened or closed. The sensor may be integrated into eyeglass frames or a sleeping masks or utilized as an digital tattoo on the brow. It has the potential for utility as a human-computer interface for individuals with paralysis or for gaming; for analyzing sleep patterns; or for monitoring eye circumstances, corresponding to drooping eyelids or driver alertness.

Demonstrate Magnetic Skin

Liam Swanepole (left) and Abdullah Almansouri show the flexibility of their digital pores and skin. © 2019 KAUST

The workforce additionally connected the pores and skin to a latex glove fingertip and positioned a sensor inside a lightweight swap. When the magnetic pores and skin comes near the sensor—a distance that may be modified—the gentle switches on or off. This utility might be particularly related in laboratories and medical practices, the place contamination is a priority.

Kosel and his workforce are actually extending the utility so it may be utilized in a gesture-controlled wheelchair, a contact-free human-computer interface, and for noninvasive biomedical machine localization.


Reference: “An Imperceptible Magnetic Skin” by Abdullah S. Almansouri, Nouf A. Alsharif, Mohammed A. Khan, Liam Swanepoel, Altynay Kaidarova, Khaled N. Salama and Jurgen Kosel, 16 August 2019, Superior Supplies Applied sciences.
DOI: 10.1002/admt.201900493


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