Electronic Skin Now Reacts to Pain

The new development could lead to better prosthetics and non-invasive skin grafts.

When I saw the movie Her, I realized how inefficient humans are compared to robots and artificial intelligence. Since then, I’ve watched as technology has advanced to mimic the nuances of nature. A recent SciTechDaily article discussed the latest development: artificial skin prototypes that can sense touch, pain, and heat. They were developed by a team of researchers at Melbourne, Australia’s RMIT University.

The research, which was published in Advanced Intelligent Systems, outlines three patented technologies: 

  • Stretchable electronics: combining oxide materials with biocompatible silicon to deliver transparent, unbreakable and wearable electronics as thin as a sticker.
  • Temperature-reactive coatings: self-modifying coatings 1,000 times thinner than a human hair based on a material that transforms in response to heat.
  • Brain-mimicking memory: electronic memory cells that imitate the way the brain uses long-term memory to recall and retain previous information.
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