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AR Foursome

An Augmented Reality (AR) filter could be used to change the appearance of our sex partner to any form we desire. This is real sex with a virtual skin. It won’t be long before we find two lovers having sex, with each wearing AR goggles to fantasize about somebody else. This could be considered a […]

Harvesting Electricity from Normal Movement

The simplest example of the “triboelectric effect” is rubbing a balloon against hair or scuffing shoes across a carpet to produce static electricity. When this is combined with induction, it becomes possible to harvest electric power using charge transfer between two thin films that have different tribo-electric polarities. As we learn to integrate this process […]

Wearable Soft Robotic Assist Suit

The future of wearable soft robotics will range from skin-like thin suits to rigid full exoskeletons that add strength and other abilities to human effort. Mobility Enhancing Soft Exosuit at Harvard – [youtube.com] Soft Exosuits – [harvard.edu] We are developing next generation soft wearable robots that use innovative textiles to provide a more conformal, unobtrusive […]

Face to Face Turing Test

The Turing Test measures the ability of software to mimic human conversation. Originally conceived by Alan Turing as a test for intelligence in machines, it has become possible to imitate conversation convincingly enough to pass for human, even though the software does not qualify as truly intelligent. In the field of robotics, a new version […]

Skin Suit Requirements

A Skin Suit concept was previously described here as a combination of a super-skin layer of clothing, a space suit, and an exoskeleton. In order to bring this closer to a functional reality, we need to define requirements. We can start by defining the layers that are involved: Skin components – a layer of protective […]

Smart Camouflage from Squid

Studying active camouflage techniques seen in squid, allows University of Bristol researchers to model an artificial skin that can do the same thing. They hope this will lead to dynamic illumination in clothing and even cloaking. Squid inspires camouflaging smart materials – [bristol.ac.uk] Researchers from the University of Bristol have shown it is possible to […]

Skin Suit

In the future, we will wear a basic clothing under suit that could be considered as super skin. It will be made from a variety of layers of composite materials: Nanofoams – hybrids of ceramic, metal, and polymer nanofoams will offer layers of light insulation, armor, and conduction of both liquids and electric current in […]

Electronic Tattoos with NFC

Electronic skin and tattoos with embedded electronics can contain a variety of medical and health sensors as well as identification and authentication tools. Near Field Communications (NFC) is a short range (inches) induction based communication technology that uses RFID-like protocols to exchange credentials between devices. NFC can be used in simple form factors like smart […]

Thin, Flexible, Wearable Electronics

mc10 is a company that is trying to revolutionize the way we use our electronic devices in everyday life. Their devices are so thin, they look and act almost like tattoos inked on skin. There is an obvious range of bio-sensors for medical and sports applications. And they are also working on wearable solar power […]

New Skin

Eric Drexlers prophetic description of a spacesuit that acts like an adaptable skin is coming closer to reality. UMass Amherst Research Develops ‘Second Skin’ Military Fabric to Repel Chemical and Biological Agents – [umass.edu] Military uniforms of the future may offer a new layer of critical protection to wearers thanks to research by teams at […]