Technologies series – Electronic skin – March 2020

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An electronic clone of biological skin that stands to enrich biological, virtual, and robotic life. What it is Electronic skin (E-skin) mimics the aesthetics and simulations of natural biological skin.1 Made of multiple layers of thin, soft, flexible materials 2 with embedded sensors, 3 it can be applied to people,4 animals, amputated limbs, and robots to provide a degree of feeling, whether as a ‘second skin’, or in replacement of an area of biological skin.5 There are many types of E-skin, and various ways to develop them. Many are able to heal.6 It is not yet available commercially.
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