Self-Healing, Touch-Sensitive Synthetic Skin

Photo: Linda A. Cicero, Stanford News Service

Researchers from Stanford have developed the first synthetic skin that is both self-healing at room temperatures and sensitive to the touch.  Though other synthetic self-healing materials have been developed in the past, the Stanford material is able to heal at room temperatures numerous times.  The material is also conductive, and therefore sensitive to touch, due to the use of distributed nickel particles throughout.  With the nickel particles, the material can create electric currents and resistance when it is bent or flexed. This electrical resistance can be measured to determine the pressure being placed on the skin.  Scientists hope to integrate the material into future prosthetics as well as other medical applications.

(Source: Stanford)

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