Scientists Create Artificial Skin Able to Feel

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 13:21
Artificial Skin

Singapore researchers have developed “electronic skin” capable of recreating a sense of touch, which will allow people with prosthetic limbs to detect objects, as well as feel texture, or even temperature and pain.

According to the Reuters report, the ACES, or Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin, is made up of 100 small sensors and is about 1 square centimeter in size.

The researchers at the National University of Singapore say it can process information faster than the human nervous system, is able to recognize 20 to 30 different textures and can read Braille letters with more than 90% accuracy.

“So humans need to slide to feel texture, but in this case the skin, with just a single touch, is able to detect textures of different roughness,” said research team leader Benjamin Tee, adding that AI algorithms let the device learn quickly.

The technology is still in the experimental stage, but there had been “tremendous interest”, especially from the medical community, Tee added.

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