A team of chemists and engineers has created an infinitely self-healing (at room temperature) and touch sensitive plastic skin. The advance could lead to smarter artificial skin that repairs itself.
Researchers are struggling to emulate artificial skin. They are trying to make artificial skin not only self healing, but also sending the brain exact information about pressure and temperature. Combining sensitivity and self-healing capacity of a single synthetic material presenting challenges to Stanford chemist engineers and future chemist engineers too.
The core technology involved is a two ply plastic construct, the upper layer creates mechanism for sensing and the bottom layer acts as the circuit to transport electrical signals and translate them into biochemical stimuli well-suited with nerve cells. The new feature of the upper layer makes sensor to detect pressure same like human skin, from light finger tap to firm handshake.
Source: Stanford News