Self-powered stretchable thermometer can be integrated into soft robots, smart clothing

Self-powered sensor can be integrated into soft robots, smart clothing. Credit: Harvard SEAS

The next generation of soft robotics, smart clothing and biocompatible medical devices are going to need integrated soft sensors that can stretch and twist with the device or wearer. The challenge: most of the components used in traditional sensing are rigid.

Now, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a soft, stretchable, self-powered thermometer that can be integrated into stretchable electronics and soft robots.
“We have developed soft temperature sensors with high sensitivity and quick response time, opening …

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