Researchers develop artificial ‘skin’ that could feel sensations

Researchers go one step further in replicating the aspect of touch and sensory mechanism in prosthetics. The artificial skin could cover prosthetic limbs and replicate some of skin’s sensory functions. Stanford engineers have created a plastic “skin” that can detect how hard it is being pressed and generate an electric signal to deliver this sensory input directly to a living brain cell. The finding may ultimately lead to a flexible electronic fabric embedded with sensors that could cover a prosthetic limb and replicate some of skin’s sensory functions, researchers said. It takes another step towards replicating one aspect of touch, the sensory mechanism that enables us to distinguish the pressure difference between a limp handshake and a firm grip. “This is the first time a flexible, skin-like material has been able to…


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