Volume 93 Issue 41 | p. 8 | News of The Week
Issue Date: October 19, 2015 | Web Date: October 15, 2015

Artificial Skin Transmits Signals To Neurons

Materials Science: Interfacing pressure sensors and organic circuits with nerve cells could give prosthetics a sense of touch
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: materials, artificial skin, prosthetics, organic electronics

Prosthetic limbs can restore an amputee’s ability to walk or grip objects, but they haven’t yet been able to restore a person’s sense of touch. Researchers at Stanford University have taken a step closer to this type of prosthetic by creating an electronic skin that responds to pressure changes and transmits signals via nerve cells, much as human skin does.

Zhenan Bao and coworkers made the artificial skin by connecting three components: microstructured resistive pressure . . .

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