A team of researchers in the United States has developed a robotic arm encased in a rubber material that helps doctors better diagnose diseases and treat patients.
The study team from the University of Houston said, in statements reported by the scientific journal “Science Advances”, that they have created a robotic arm covered with a kind of smart skin that can diagnose symptoms with sensors made of semiconductor rubber.
Researcher Yu Bill Cook, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston, says that the new rubber material is easy to manufacture, is similar to biological tissues, and is suitable for use in many applications.
In statements reported by the Tech Explorer website, Yu emphasized that traditional semiconductors are rigid and easy to break, and that their adaptation for use in flexible electronic devices requires certain mechanical modifications.
He added that the previously developed rubber semiconductors had some disadvantages such as the difficulty of charging them with electricity, as well as the many complications during the manufacturing process.