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Electronic skin

Flexible electronic circuits mimicking the sensory capabilities of biological skin are being developed to restore the sense of touch in artificial limbs and robotics. This focus discusses the mechanical and electronic performance that electronic skin must reach to make a substantial impact in these applications.


  • Nature Materials | Editorial

    Medical professionals and robotics engineers count on materials scientists for the development of electronic skins with lifelike tactile sensing capabilities.

  • Nature Materials | Commentary

    Tactile sensors provide robots with the ability to interact with humans and the environment with great accuracy, yet technical challenges remain for electronic-skin systems to reach human-level performance.

    • Chiara Bartolozzi
    • , Lorenzo Natale
    • , Francesco Nori
    •  &  Giorgio Metta
  • Nature Materials | Review Article

    This Review discusses the materials and electronic requirements for flexible sensors and electronic systems to mimic the mechanical and sensing properties of natural skin, with the goal of providing artificial prostheses with sensing capabilities.

    • Alex Chortos
    • , Jia Liu
    •  &  Zhenan Bao