‘Electronic skin for haptic interfaces’ – light, tight and battery-free

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A system of “electronic skin-integrated haptic interfaces” jointly developed by City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and other academic institutions can help users of prosthesis to feel the surrounding environment and be used for social media, entertainment and gaming. 

The research achievement has recently been published in Nature, a leading international journal, in an article titled “Skin-Integrated Wireless Haptic Interfaces for Virtual and Augmented Reality”. The new system can be used for social media and electronic games, and also help users of prostheses feel the external environment through the sense of touch and provide feedback to the users. In addition, it can be used for developing virtual scenes for clinical applications.

Dr. Yu Xinge said that their target was to develop electronic skin that can be comparable to human skin and he was grateful to CityU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering for providing the research platform and Professor Sun Dong, Head of the Department, for his substantial support.

It took two years to complete the research project, which involves various disciplines such as mechanical engineering, materials science, biomedicine, physics and chemistry. Members of the research team consisted of academics from Northwestern University, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Pennsylvania State University in the US, University of Bristol in the UK, and Tsinghua University and Shandong University in China. The project was funded by CityU, Northwestern University, National Natural Science Foundation of China and National Science Foundation of the US.

Period20 Nov 2019 → 10 Dec 2019

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Title香港城市大學成功研發輕薄、無需電池的「觸覺電子皮膚」
Description香港城市大學(城大)參與的跨院校研究團隊,成功研發出一套「皮膚集成的觸覺介面」系統,可幫助義肢使用者感受外在環境,亦可應用於社交媒體及遊戲娛樂上。

這項研究成果不單可應用在社交媒體及電子遊戲上,亦可幫助義肢使用者透過觸覺感應外在環境,提供反饋,甚至擴展到臨床醫學應用的相關虛擬場景。這項研究歷時兩年,涉及機械工程學、材料科學、生物醫學、物理學和化學等不同範疇。

其他研究團隊成員包括美國西北大學、伊利諾伊大學厄巴納-香檳分校、賓夕法尼亞州立大學、英國布里斯托大學、清華大學及山東大學等高等學府的學者。該研究獲得城大、西北大學、國家自然科學基金委員會及美國國家科學基金會贊助。
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Media name/outlet虚拟99
PlaceChina
Media typeWeb
Date10/12/19
Linkwww.xuni99.com/news-46555-1
TitleSoon Sense a Hug over the Phone with a Wirelessly-Controlled Wearable Skin-Integrated Haptic VR Device
DescriptionA joint-research team consisted of scientists and engineers from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Northwestern University in the United States has developed a skin-integrated virtual reality (VR) system, which can be controlled and powered wirelessly. The innovation has great application potential in communications, prosthetic control and rehabilitation, as well as gaming and entertainment.

Professor Huang Yonggang and Professor John A. Rogers from McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University, are the corresponding authors of the paper published in the latest issue of the highly prestigious scientific journal Nature, titled “Skin-Integrated Wireless Haptic Interfaces for Virtual and Augmented Reality”. The first authors are Dr Yu Xinge and Dr Xie Zhaoqian. Research team members from CityU included Dr Li Dengfeng and Mr Liu Yiming, both also from the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Persons
Media name/outletBefore It's News
Media typeWeb
Date8/12/19
Linkhttps://beforeitsnews.com/science-and-technology/2019/12/soon-sense-a-hug-over-the-phone-with-a-wirelessly-controlled-wearable-skin-integrated-haptic-vr-device-2969083.html
TitleSkin technology developed for futuristic AR & VR experience
DescriptionEngineers at the City University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and other institutions have designed and constructed an electronic skin technology system consisting of over seven-hundred functional elements which could potentially allow the sense of touch in future entertainment AR and VR systems.
Persons
Media name/outletZenopa
Media typeWeb
Date5/12/19
Linkhttps://www.zenopa.com/news/1906/skin-technology-developed-for-futuristic-ar-vr-experience
TitleElectronic skin promises ultra immersive VR
DescriptionFuture virtual and augmented reality systems could also come equipped with the sense of touch thanks to electronic skin technology developed by engineers at the City University of Hong Kong.

As well as being used to enhance the user experience of VR and AR technologies, the group said that the skin could also help users of prostheses feel the external environment through the sense of touch and provide feedback to the users.
Persons
Media name/outletThe Engineer
PlaceUnited Kingdom
Media typeWeb
Date5/12/19
Linkhttps://www.theengineer.co.uk/electronic-skin-promises-ultra-immersive-vr/
Title城大電子皮膚令義肢具觸感
Description在科幻電影《挑戰者1號》(Ready Player One),男主角穿起緊身衣,就能以自身肌膚感受虛擬世界的觸碰。如今香港城市大學聯同美國西北大學、賓夕法尼亞州立大學等多間院校的學者,成功研發一套「皮膚集成的觸覺介面」系統,幫助使用義肢的人士感受外在環境,亦可應用於社交媒體及遊戲娛樂上。
Persons
Media name/outlet信報
PlaceHong Kong
Media typeWeb
Date4/12/19
Linkhttps://www1.hkej.com/dailynews/article/id/2309817/
Title城大研發「電子皮膚」 助義肢用者感應觸覺
Description城市大學參與的跨院校研究團隊,花兩年時間成功研發一套「皮膚集成的觸覺介面」系統,以皮膚為媒介,將觸覺刺激傳送到人體,新技術預計將來除應用於社交媒體及電子遊戲外,更可幫助義肢使用者通過觸覺感應外在環境;研究成果日前已發表於國際知名科學期刊《自然》。
Persons
Media name/outlet星島日報
PlaceHong Kong
Media typeWeb
Date4/12/19
Linkstd.stheadline.com/daily/article/detail/2107407/%E6%97%A5%E5%A0%B1-%E6%95%99%E8%82%B2-%E5%9F%8E%E5%A4%A7%E7%A0%94%E7%99%BC-%E9%9B%BB%E5%AD%90%E7%9A%AE%E8%86%9A-%E5%8A%A9%E7%BE%A9%E8%82%A2%E7%94%A8%E8%80%85%E6%84%9F%E6%87%89%E8%A7%B8%E8%A6%BA
Title城大研電子皮膚 觸覺刺激傳人體
Description觸覺感應技術用途愈來愈廣泛,香港城市大學與海外跨院校團隊最近成功研發出一套「皮膚集成的觸覺介面」系統,通過緊貼皮膚的無線致動器「電子皮膚」,將能源轉換成機械動能,把觸覺刺激傳送到人體,除了可幫助義肢使用者感受外在環境,亦可應用於社交媒體及遊戲娛樂上。
Persons
Media name/outlet東方日報
PlaceHong Kong
Media typeWeb
Date4/12/19
Linkhttps://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/news/20191204/00176_044.html
Title城大跨院校團隊研電子皮膚傳遞觸覺
Description香港城市大學參與的跨院校研究團隊,成功研發出一套「皮膚集成的觸覺介面」系統,可應用於社交媒體及遊戲娛樂上,亦可幫助義肢使用者感受外在環境。
Persons
Media name/outletLion Rock Daily
PlaceHong Kong
Media typeWeb
Date4/12/19
Linkwww.lionrockdaily.com/2019/12/04/08.pdf
Title城大研觸覺電子皮膚 為義肢者帶來新觸感
Description觸覺感應技術用途愈來愈廣泛,香港城市大學與海外跨院校團隊最近成功研發出一套「皮膚集成的觸覺介面」系統,通過緊貼皮膚的無線致動器「電子皮膚」,將能源轉換成機械動能,把觸覺刺激傳送到人體,除了可幫助義肢使用者感受外在環境,亦可應用於社交媒體及遊戲娛樂上。
Persons
Media name/outlet東網
PlaceHong Kong
Media typeWeb
Date4/12/19
Linkhttps://hk.on.cc/hk/bkn/cnt/news/20191204/bkn-20191204020055834-1204_00822_001.html
Title城大電子皮膚令義肢具觸感
Description在科幻電影《挑戰者1號》(Ready Player One),男主角穿起緊身衣,就能以自身肌膚感受虛擬世界的觸碰。如今香港城市大學聯同美國西北大學、賓夕法尼亞州立大學等多間院校的學者,成功研發一套「皮膚集成的觸覺介面」系統,幫助使用義肢的人士感受外在環境,亦可應用於社交媒體及遊戲娛樂上。

研究成果最近於國際知名科學期刊《自然》發表,論文題目為「皮膚集成無線觸覺介面的虛擬和擴增現實」。
Persons
Media name/outletStartUpBeat
PlaceHong Kong
Media typeWeb
Producer/Author信報財經新聞
Date4/12/19
Linkstartupbeat.hkej.com/?p=81417
Title‘Electronic skin for haptic interfaces’ – light, tight and battery-free
DescriptionThe novel system of “electronic skin-integrated haptic interfaces” can transmit sensory stimuli to the body via the wireless actuator that converts energy to mechanical vibrations. It uses our skin as the sensory interface for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

“Biomedical engineering is meant to invent something that used to be impossible for us,” said Dr Yu Xinge, the principal author of the article and Assistant Professor at CityU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.. “I’m grateful to CityU’s Department of Biomedical Engineering for providing the research platform and Professor Sun Dong, Head of the Department, for his substantial support.”
Persons
Media name/outletCityU NewsCentre
PlaceHong Kong
Media typeWeb
Producer/AuthorMirror Fung
Date3/12/19
Linkhttps://www.cityu.edu.hk/media/news/2019/12/03/electronic-skin-haptic-interfaces-light-tight-and-battery-free
Title城大夥外國大學研電子皮膚 助義肢使用者感受觸感
Description香港城市大學與外國多間大學組成跨院校研究團隊,成功研發一套「觸覺電子皮膚」,系統有助義肢使用者感受外在環境,亦可應用於社交媒體及遊戲娛樂上,甚至擴展到臨床醫學應用的虛擬場景。

跨院校研究團隊包括美國西北大學、英國布里斯托大學、清華大學等,用了兩年時間研發,涉及機械工程學、材料科學、生物醫學、物理學和化學等不同範疇。成果最近於國際知名科學期刊《自然》發表,題目為「皮膚集成無線觸覺介面的虛擬和擴增現實」。
Persons
Media name/outletTOPick 香港經濟日報
PlaceHong Kong
Media typeWeb
Producer/Author王詠妍
Date3/12/19
Linkhttps://topick.hket.com/article/2511841
TitleNature 一周论文导读
Description本研究展示一种无需电池的无线电子系统和触敏界面,可轻柔地贴合皮肤曲面,通过局部机械震动形成的时空可编程模式进行信息通信。该技术的创新在于通过皮肤提供电子可编程通信和感觉输入渠道,有望应用于社交媒体、假肢控制等领域。
Persons
Media name/outlet騰訊網
PlaceChina
Media typeWeb
Date1/12/19
Linkhttps://xw.qq.com/cmsid/20191201A0I4FX00
TitleVR system gives sense of touch to video calls
DescriptionA skin-integrated virtual reality system developed by scientists and engineers in Hong Kong and the US could one day convey a sense of touch between people making video calls. This is the claim of the joint-research team from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Northwestern University, whose system, which is controlled and powered wirelessly, could be applied in communications, prosthetic control and rehabilitation, as well as gaming.
Persons
Media name/outletThe Engineer
PlaceHong Kong
Media typeWeb
Date25/11/19
Linkhttps://www.theengineer.co.uk/vr-sense-of-touch/
Title在虛擬世界感受觸覺:新研究登上Nature,《頭號玩家》場景實現且不用插電
Description來自香港城市大學&西北大學的研究者用一組皮膚貼片系統,不僅能讓你感受到遠方親人的撫摸,也能讓你撫摸到遠方的親人。
Persons
Media name/outlet中國網
PlaceChina
Media typeWeb
Date22/11/19
Linkbig5.china.com.cn/gate/big5/chuangkr.china.com.cn/p/5268200
Title新型可穿戴的皮膚集成觸感VR裝置 可無線操控及供電
Description香港城大生物醫學工程學系助理教授于欣格博士、高級研究員解兆謙博士及他們的團隊,與西北大學的團隊以及美國和中國內地幾家研究機構和公司合作,研發出一套皮膚集成VR系統。該系統可以無線接收指令,然後通過振動模擬「觸感」,克服上面提及的缺點。用家通過在皮膚上輕易地貼上一塊像貼布般柔軟和薄的器件,就可以感覺到「觸感」。
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Media name/outletEurekAlert
PlaceUnited States
Media typeWeb
Date20/11/19
Linkhttps://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases_ml/2019-11/cuoh-5112019.php
Title'Epidermal VR' gives technology a human touch
DescriptionResearchers have developed a new thin, wireless system that adds a sense of touch to any virtual reality (VR) experience. Not only does this platform potentially add new dimensions to our long-distance relationships and entertainment, the technology also provides prosthetics with sensory feedback and imparts telemedicine with a human touch.

The research “Skin-integrated wireless haptic interfaces for virtual and augmented reality,” will be published on Nov. 21 in the journal Nature. Xinge Yu, a former postdoctoral fellow in Rogers' laboratory and current assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong, was the paper's first author.
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Media name/outletScience Daily
PlaceUnited States
Media typeWeb
Producer/AuthorNorthwestern University
Date20/11/19
Linkhttps://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/11/191120131255.htm