Recently, Dr. Hidemitsu Furukawa of SWEL, Yamagata University, and Prof. Ko Hosoda of Osaka University and their colleagues have jointly developed a soft sensor by incorporating an ion gel inside a silicone resin.
“Very Wide Sensing Range and Hysteresis Behaviors of Tactile Sensor Developed by Embedding Soft Ionic Gels in Soft Silicone Elastomers”, Yuta Hara, Kazunari Yoshida, Ajit Khosla, Masaru Kawakami, Koh Hosoda, and Hidemitsu Furukawa. 2020 ECS J. Solid State Sci. Technol. 9 061024
The development of soft sensors is expected to open up new robotics markets.