Solar Power meets Med Tech in this Touch-Sensitive Electronic Skin for Next-Gen Prosthetics

Updated On
solar hand

We may collect a share of sales from items linked to on this page. Learn more.

A new development from the University of Glasgow in Scotland will allow patients with artificial limbs to gain touch sensitivity in their prosthetics.

While this is impressive in itself, the limbs are also solar-powered, meaning the person wearing the prosthetics never has to worry about charging the devices.

From Medgadget,

The achievement is made possible by building the pressure sensors so they only consume 20 nanowatts of electricity per square centimeter and then generating that from incident light. The pressure sensors are made of graphene, the 2D material that’s just a sheet of carbon only one atom thick. It is kept transparent so that photovoltaic cells below the graphene sensors can absorb light from the environment.

The pressure sensors are extremely sensitive, detecting touches as gentle as 0.11 kPa, and they produce more than enough power for themselves, prompting the researchers to now work on having them feed excess energy to a battery.

Check out a video of the solar-powered technology below:

  • Ian Andrew

    As the Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Greener Ideal, Ian has been a driving force in environmental journalism and sustainable lifestyle advocacy since 2008. With over a decade of dedicated involvement in environmental matters, Ian has established himself as a respected expert in the field. Under his leadership, Greener Ideal has consistently delivered independent news and insightful content that empowers readers to engage with and understand pressing environmental issues.

    Ian’s expertise extends beyond editorial leadership; his hands-on experience in exploring and implementing sustainable practices equips him with practical knowledge that resonates with both industry professionals and eco-conscious audiences. This blend of direct involvement and editorial oversight has positioned Ian as a credible and authoritative voice in environmental journalism and sustainable living.