Electronic Second Skins Are the Wearables of the Future #WearableWednesday

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Skin is a pretty remarkable material. Researchers are looking at e-skins that would function more like real skin. Wired talks to Zhenan Bao who is working towards electronic second skin and the potential of flexible electronics.

For Bao, a chemical engineer focused on making polymers, the skin is not only a sensory organ, but also a material. One that, in her words, is flexible, but also stretchable, self-healing, and biodegradable. Bao works in the emerging field of electronic skin and has made it her mission to recreate the many functions of human skin for use in prosthetics and robotics. For people who wear artificial limbs, a sense of touch would immeasurably improve their quality of life—enabling them to distinguish soft from hard and to notice the dangerously sharp or the scaldingly hot before they can do any damage.


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