Electronic skin is actively used in the production of modern robots. Technologies now go much farther by programming them to feel the pain. The prototype device developed by a team at RMIT University can electronically replicate the way human skin senses pain.
The device mimics the body’s near-instant feedback response and can react to painful sensations with the same lighting speed that nerve signals travel to the brain.
The devices are made with stretchable electronics that can sense and respond to changes in temperature and pressure. The stretchable electronics are made of a combination of oxide materials with biocompatible silicone to deliver transparent, unbreakable, and wearable electronics as thin as a sticker.
The researcher Md Ataur Rahman says that the electronic artificial skin can be used to produce better prosthetics for the amputated parts of the human body.