An e-skin device concept, each dark square representing a single pixel
An artist's impression of an artificial hand covered with the e-skin
The e-skin matrix, which the team used to feel a molded letter C (for California)
Using a process described as “a lint roller in reverse,” engineers from the University of California, Berkeley, have created a pressure-sensitive electronic artificial skin from semiconductor nanowires. This “e-skin,” as it’s called, could one day be used to allow robots to perform tasks that require both grip and a delicate touch, or to provide a sense of touch in patients’ prosthetic limbs.
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