Researchers from RMIT University have created an artificial skin capable of reacting to pain just like real human skin. According to researchers, the artificial skin replicates in the same way as the real-life organ.
It replicates how natural skin responds to stimuli, which sends out signals through neural pathways to the brain.
Significant advancement towards next-generation biomedical technologies and intelligent robotics
Researchers intend to create lifelike prosthetics, improve skin grafts and to “augment or compensate human skin for the development of realistic humanoids,”
Co-author of the paper, Madhu Bhaskaran, said, “Skin is our body’s largest sensory organ, with complex features designed to send rapid-fire warning signals when anything hurts,”
“We’re sensing things all the time through the skin but our pain response only kicks in at a certain point, like when we touch something too hot or too sharp,”
“No electronic technologies have been able to realistically mimic that very human feeling of pain — until now.”
This electronic skin can sense pain, temperature, and pressure. Identical to real human skin, the skin reacts on reaching a certain threshold.
Bhaskaran explained, “No electronic technologies have been able to realistically mimic that very human feeling of pain — until now. Our artificial skin reacts instantly when pressure, heat or cold reach a painful threshold,”