Smart Solutions Innovative 3D Printed Fingerprint Felicitated at Event
University of Bristol’s Professor Nathan Lepora and his team were recently awarded at the Elektra Awards, an event which recognises excellence within the global electronics industry, for their innovative robotic finger-tip which makes human-like ‘nerve’ signals.
Bristol/UK – Professor Lepora collected the Readers’ Choice Award: University Research Project of the Year at the 20th anniversary of the awards held at a grand ceremony in London. Professor Lepora and his team made the headlines earlier this year after creating the sense of touch in an artificial fingertip. They did this by using a 3D-printed mesh of pin-like papillae on the underside of the compliant skin, which mimic the dermal papillae found between the outer epidermal and inner dermal layers of human tactile skin. The papillae are made on advanced 3D-printers that can mix together soft and hard materials to create complicated structures like those found in biology.
This highly sensitive, 3D-printed fingertip could help robots become more dexterous and improve the performance of prosthetic hands by giving them an in-built sense of touch.
“We discovered our 3D-printed tactile fingertip can produce artificial nerve signals that look like recordings from real, tactile neurons,” said Professor Lepora of Bristol Engineering Maths department. “It was amazing to receive an Elektra Award for our work on this project!
“I was particularly impressed by the world leading technology showcased at the awards from the UK electronics industry and so excited to be involved.”
The Elektra awards, run and hosted by Electronics Weekly, recognize excellence in Europe's electronics industry. They celebrate achievements in key areas of electronics businesses including, innovation, sales growth, and employee motivation.