New Graphene Material May Compose Real-Life Baymax’s Skin

This excellent breakthrough in advanced materials may be the future of electronic devices


Graphene material like Baymax

Pretty sure that you are familiar with Baymax from Big Hero 6. He is a robot, a health care companion which deflates when in low battery. But what if he becomes real? What would be the perfect material for his skin so engineers could really impersonate the movie character?

The answer is here: the G-elastomer.

Graphene material (Source: Monash University)

This Graphene-based cellular elastomer is highly sensitive to pressure and vibrations. It bounces back extremely quickly under pressure despite its exceptionally soft nature, unlike other viscoelastic substances such as polyurethane foam or rubber. It far exceeds the response range or human skin, and also has a very fast response time, way waster than conventional polymer elastomer. This unique, dynamic response has never existed before which makes it more perfect for the realization of Baymax.

But let’s wait for the ongoing development by Professor Dan Li and Dr. Ling Qiu from the Monash Centre for Atomically Thin Materials (MCATM) of Monash University in Australia.

This kind of material is seen to be useful in robotics, as its sensitivity and response time could allow a prosthetic hand or a robot to be more handy than a human, and its flexibility could allow the dawn of next generation flexible electronic devices.

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Margaret Banford
Margaret Banford, when not writing, spends her time reading and playing several musical instruments. She is also a fair baker and the CEO of C.M. Cornes, Birmingham UK

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New Graphene Material May Compose Real-Life Baymax’s Skin

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