Bridging sensory gap between artificial and real skin

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 - 05:30 in Biology & Nature

"Smart" prosthetics still has a long road ahead. In the human, skin-based mechanoreceptors and thermoreceptors gather information streams from the environment but it is not so easy to create artificial skin for people in need of better-functioning prosthetics to experience the same. Sensory receptors in human skin transmit a wealth of tactile and thermal signals from external environments to the brain yet replication of these sensory characteristics in artificial skin and prosthetics has its challenges. Holding a cup with a prosthetic hand is one thing; being able to tell if it is scalding hot or lukewarm is another. Now a team of scientists from South Korea and the U.S are getting down to work to bring better capabilities of touch for prosthetics.

Read the whole article on Physorg

More from Physorg

Latest Science Newsletter

Get the latest and most popular science news articles of the week in your Inbox! It's free!

Check out our next project, Biology.Net