Researchers from the University of Connecticut and University of Toronto have invented artificial skin which gives its users some extra capabilities. The skin is stretchable and has special sensors to detect a magnetic field or changes in pressure. The invention might be also significant for those who lost their feeling due to amputation or burns.
The document was published in Advanced Materials journal. According to researches the new electronic skin is elastic, stretchable, shapeable and can imitate human skin. It is a new group of intelligent wearable electronics. The expectations regarding the material are high. It should detect a magnetic field, vibrations, sound waves, and other unusual changes. The new artificial skin might be useful during the disposal of hazardous materials or rescue missions. What is more, it might assist with remote monitoring and health care. The invention sounds also very promising for amputees and burns victims as it could help regain a degree of feeling.
How does it work?
The electronic artificial skin uses a “multimodal ferrofluid‐based triboelectric nanogenerator” which is actually an elastic silicone nanotube filled with ferrofluid. The tube is wrapped with copper wire to allow electrical signals to be sent through it.
Science and technology
E-skin apart its properties to sense changes in environment like a real skin can be also waterproof. The artificial skin could adjust its shape and hold it for years. Unfortunately, the material is not as flat as real human skin. Researchers are still working on finding a solution to that problem. If the invention gets all the approve needed they expect to introduce their product into the market in a few years. The main object for the researchers was to develop an artificial skin that could sense more than its human counterpart. This way we could became more aware of dangers that surround us. Thanks to the newest technology and science it is possible.