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Flexible electronics

Sophisticated skin

Advances in materials science and layout design have enabled the realization of flexible and multifunctional electronic devices. Two demonstrations of electronic skins, which combine temperature and pressure sensing with integrated thermal actuators and organic displays, unveil the potential of these devices for robotics and clinical applications.

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Figure 1: Humanoid robots in science fiction inspired the development of electronic skin with a sensory perception similar to that of humans.

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Bauer, S. Sophisticated skin. Nature Mater 12, 871–872 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1038/nmat3759

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