Jellyfish skin gives clue to pain-sensitive artificial skin
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We have seen a number of innovations in soft robotics, from a self-healing robot to a robotic hand with a very soft touch. But one limitation has been in the area of creating artificial skin that can ‘feel’ like human skin. In recent years, researchers have even been able to instil sensory perception, like touch and pressure, in artificial skin. However, while those sorts of senses will be incredibly important in engineered skin, they’ve so far been rather limited. For example, current versions can be quite sensitive to light touch, but they aren’t able to sense high pressures that could cause damage. When researchers at the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China recently set out to fix that problem, they drew their inspiration from jellyfish.
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