Tokyo -- An electric wire which stretches and is resilient like human skin has been developed by Asahi Kasei using polyurethane. The firm says it could revolutionise nursing and the skin of humanoid robots.
Asahi Kasei said its research found that human skin can stretch by a factor of 1.5. “We thought, if we can make a cable that stretches by that factor it could be used for wearable electronics or for wiring the skin of humanoid robots,” said Shunji Tatsumi, Asahi Kasei Fibers manager.
According to the company, the polyurethane elastic fibre it calls Roica has “excellent recovery properties.”
Asahi Kasei said the development - named Robo Power - was driven by the requirement for human-like movement from machines and, on a purely practical level, the need for example, for vacuum cleaners that can roam far from the point of power supply.
(Image: Asahi Kasei)