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Soft, illuminating skin could stretch boundaries of robotics

Sharon Gaudin | March 7, 2016
Cornell University researchers create tech that could be used in robots, cars, wearables.

Cornell noted that its stretchable skin could be used for more than just soft robots. It could, for instance, be used in a vehicle, where the technology could be an information display that can change based on the driver's needs.

It also could be used to create wearables that actually conform to a person's body, such as a smart watch or fitness tracker that's soft and stretchable.

"You could have a rubber band that goes around your arm that also displays information," said Chris Larson, a Cornell graduate student working on the project. "You could be in a meeting and have a rubber band-like device on your arm and could be checking your email. That's obviously in the future, but that's the direction we're looking in."


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