Foam elastomers could enable electronic, artificial skin

ERJ staff report (BC)

Lausanne, Switzerland – Using foam elastomer substrates, scientists at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) were able to make a flexible electronic circuit board. This development could lead to the creation of deformable and stretchable circuits.

Stéphanie Lacour, Professor of the Bertarelli Foundation Chair at EPFL, aims to make circuit boards flexible enough to be integrated into artificial skin. Connected to the nervous system, these circuits could become sensory organs, allowing people to experience pressure and pain.

Lacour’s team showed that a metallic…

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