Contact: Emil Venere
Caption: Purdue researchers have developed a technique to embed a liquid-alloy pattern inside a rubber-like polymer to form a network of sensors. The approach might be used to produce "soft machines" made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices and consumer electronics. A publication-quality image is available at https://news.uns.purdue.edu/images/2014/kramer-softrobots.jpg.
Credit: (Rebecca Kramer/Purdue University)
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