Smart materials react independently to external influences, deform, heal damage and report on it.
The glove that Holger Böse puts on has gauntlets over his fingers, which the Würzburg physicist now moves alternately. He touches different fingers one after the other with his thumb. The contact activates various sensors that are sewn into the cuffs and send signals to a laboratory computer via a microchip. “The glove is a kind of three-dimensional computer mouse. You could use it to remotely control technical systems, lights, loudspeakers, robots or vehicles very intuitively and without heavy additional equipment,” explains Böse.
The scientist heads the Fraunhofer Institute