Technology that replicates the human sense of touch may be able to enhance human-computer interfaces that are applicable to medicine and virtual reality. Scientists have teamed up to develop artificial skin that can conform to the wearer’s wrist and respond to pressure and vibration. The skin mimics haptic feedback and continuously measures the skin’s deformation to provide a sense as realistic as possible. The skin could help aid the healing of wounds and damaged nerves or could create a sense of touch in a virtual world. The next step of development is to create a fully wearable prototype to be tested.
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May 12, 2020