And now it is literally upstairs, as a team of researchers from Stanford University and Seoul National University have created an artificial neural network that can not only feel pressure differences but also read letters of the Braille Code (the writing and reading system of the blind)! And even more wonderful, they managed to adapt these artificial nerves to a cockroach leg, making it cramped.
“We take the skin as a given, but it’s a complex system of sensations, signals and decisions,” says Stanford’s Zhenan Bao who co-authored the study published in one of the most scientific journals, Science, “This Artificial Sensory Neuronal system is a step forward in the direction of creating sensory neural networks as a skin for all applications’ applications. ”
The system can distinguish and understand even the smallest tactile signals through its sensors, which are connected to a malleable electronic circuit, transforming the pressures into electrical signals. Everything ends with an artificial synaptic transistor, which “performs all the functions of the artificial neural circuit,” explains Tae-Woo Lee of the National University of Seoul.
Their technological feat does not end there, as they have been able to apply the sensory circuit to a biological system, a cockroach here. The foot of which fully responded to the electrical stimuli with which it fed. The technology is expected to be applied to artificial members, improving the life of people with additives, and also to find practical uses in robotic technology …