Color-changing Sensor Shows How Much Force a Surface ‘Feels’

April 30, 2014 11:07 PM

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Color-changing Sensor Shows How Much Force a Surface ‘Feels’

A newly developed pressure sensor could help car manufacturers design safer automobiles and even help Little League players hold their bats with a better grip, scientists report. The study describing their high-resolution sensor, which can be painted onto surfaces or built into gloves, appears in the ACS journal Nano Letters.

Yadong Yin and colleagues at UC Riverside explain that pressure is a part of our daily lives. We and the objects around us constantly exert pressure on surfaces, from a simple, light touch of a finger on a smartphone screen to the impact of a head-on car collision. To design better cars, smartphones...

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