Today, a joint team of specialists in robotics and computer engineering from various US universities presented a new unique development of ACES, which is an ultra-sensitive electronic skin with a unique design and method of operation. It is worth noting that the work on such development lasted for about a year and a half, mainly making up a mix of various neural network implants and layers of sensitive sensors as a basis – however, in its final version, the artificial leather ACES is something really amazing and interesting for applications in modern robotics.
Because the basis of the new artificial skin ACES is the use of a single sensory complex, which is about 1000 times faster than touching yourself in comparison with ordinary human skin – despite the fact that it was natural human skin that served as inspiration, the new development is still circumvents its functionality and capabilities. For example, already at this preliminary stage, ACES is able to distinguish up to 60 patterns of touches, thus determining the degree, type and characteristics of touching oneself, and in less than 60 nanoseconds.
As for the design itself, instead of using a rather standard matrix of individual sensors, this artificial skin includes a single touch department with several wired connections – the wires themselves are so small and thin that they are almost invisible to the naked eye. This makes the development of one of the most advanced and interesting in all the variety of similar developments in the field of applied robotics and related devices.
It is worth noting the fact that the experts of the ACES system speak about the need to offer in the near future something like its more advanced version of artificial leather, which could provide a somewhat expanded range of possibilities. What becomes a really promising moment, given that no other team has offered anything like it yet, thus giving the team one more chance to surprise everyone.