Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin. “Skin is our body’s largest sensory organ, with complex features designed to send rapid-fire warning signals when anything hurts,” lead researcher Professor Madhu Bhaskaran said. Our artificial skin reacts instantly when pressure, heat, or cold reach a painful threshold. It’s a critical step forward in the future development of the sophisticated feedback systems that we need to deliver truly smart prosthetics and intelligent robotics,” he added.
The research team has also developed devices using stretchable electronics that can sense and respond to changes in temperature and pressure. “We’ve essentially created the first electronic somatosensors — replicating the key features of the body’s complex system of neurons, neural pathways and receptors that drive our perception of sensory stimuli,” researcher Md Ataur Rahman explained. The research was supported by the Australian Research Council and undertaken at RMIT’s state-of-the-art Micro Nano Research Facility for micro/nano-fabrication and device prototyping in Melbourne, Australia