Singapore researchers develop ‘electronic skin’ capable of sensing touch

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore researchers have developed “electronic skin” capable of recreating a sense of touch, an innovation they hope will allow people with prosthetic limbs to detect objects, as well as feel texture, or even temperature and pain. The device, dubbed ACES, or Asynchronous Coded Electronic Skin, is made up of 100 small sensors and is about 1 sq cm (0.16 square inch) in size. “When you lose your sense of touch, you essentially become numb… and prosthetic users face that problem,” said Tee. Similar patents developed by his team include a transparent skin that can repair itself when torn and a light-emitting material for wearable electronic devices, Tee said. (Writing by Ed Davies; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)Related article: Electronic skin, cancer-fighting nanorobots and alien life

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