Researchers Create Electronic Skin that Responds to Touch

A researcher named Ali Javey from UC Berkeley has created a sensor network dubbed e-skin for the first time on flexible plastic, which is user-friendly.

The electrical engineering and computer sciences professor claimed that the elegant system on plastic could be covered around several objects. A new kind of human-machine interfacing was enabled by the same.

The research has been published this Sunday in the journal Nature Materials. It has been found that the experimental samples of the creation are 16-by-16 pixels. All of these have a pressure sensor along with a transistor and an organic LED.

The electronic skin is being promised to respond to touch as it instantly illumines. It is being said that the pressure should be intense to see brighter light being emitted by the technology. Not only devices, but systems were being made, according to Javey.

It has been found that the e-skin has been built on earlier work of Javey by using semiconductor nanowire transistors encrusted on thin rubber sheets' top. The researcher said that wallpapers or dashboard laminates could also be developed using the new technology.

"I could also imagine an e-skin bandage applied to an arm as a health monitor that continuously checks blood pressure and pulse rates", said Chuan Wang, co-lead author of the study.