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Bio Inspired: Tactile Hairs of Insects Inspire Wearable Sensors

The image above shows a zinc oxide microparticle created by UMass Amherst researchers in professor Jun Yao's nanoelectronics lab. Drawing inspiration from highly magnified images of tapered bristles on the leg of an ant, the researchers used the concept to build a new type of sensor for wearable health-monitoring technology, prosthetics and other advanced tools to measure the body’s mechanical signals. The sensors demonstrate supreme performance and are also 10-times more efficient than conventional mechanical sensors. Learn More.