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April 19, 2016 AT 10:50 am

Stanford Engineers Working on Sensing, Healing ‘Artificial Skin’

All Tech Considered reports on Stanford University’s Zhenan Bao and her team are working on a plastic ‘artificial skin’ that can not only sense touch, but also heal itself similar to human skin.

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Artificial limbs have come a long way since the days of peg legs and hooks for hands. But one thing most of these prosthetics lack is a sense of touch.

Skin is pretty remarkable stuff. It keeps dangerous bacteria and germs out and our innards in. It’s flexible, it can sense when we touch things and it can heal itself when cut.


 
Full report here at All Tech Considered on NPR.


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