New flexible sensor tech mulled as basis for artificial skin

Scientists from Seoul National University in Korea and the University of Illinois in the U.S. have developed new sensor technology that could enable the development of next-generation biomedical sensors, artificial skin for prosthetic limbs and highly sensitive touch screens. Details are published in the journal Nature Materials. These flexible, interlocking nanofiber sensors stand out, as The Scientist reports, because they can detect multiple sensations, including shear, torsion and pressure, not unlike sensations felt by real skin. The work ahead, according to the article: Tweaking of some of the electronics involved, and further working to create a sensor that might exhibit things, like fatigue. Story