Scientists believe that it can be used in robots.
Researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed awaterproof artificial leather GLASSES, which itself is restored after damage. It can be used to create soft robots or human-machine interfaces.
As has told the head of the research team, Benjamin Tee (Benjamin Tee), scientists would like to make an artificial material that would be repeated waterproof nature of jellyfish and at the same time respond to touch.
To do this, the researchers mixed elastic weave with an ionized liquid rich in fluorine and made a gel. Unlike existing hydrogels, this “skin” can work in seawater and in an alkaline or acid environment.
In this case, the skin can self-repair. Scientists have demonstrated the process, cutting the material in half: he restored the conductivity after a few minutes, and completely merged back after a few days.
GLASSES can conduct current and act as a touchpad. Scientists believe that the “skin” is useful for creating robots from more pliable and flexible materials than hard metal.
In addition, the researchers suggest that such material can reduce environmental pollution. Usually people throw out what has broken, but GLASSES can recover.