Scientists print 3D stretchable "bionic skin"

Lauren Barack 22 May 2017

Robotic touch Scientists at the University of Minnesota have developed a way of printing a skin-like medium through 3D printers using silicone and conducting material in the place of traditional inks. The liquids harden at regular temperature and researchers believe the printed substance could be used in a variety of ways.

In one scenario, medical robots could have the material placed on their bodies to be able to add another sense as they performed surgery, or robots could use the printable sensors to feel if they walked into a wall as they vacuum your home. The idea of robots becoming more human like has both intrigued and alarmed politicians to scientists. The European Parliament passed a resolution earlier this year to make sure robots are never mistaken for humans, and also include a "kill switch."

Artificial skin that can transmit the sense of touch is, of course, one step forward towards artificial life being able to mimic human abilities. The University of Minnesota's research is set to run in an upcoming issue of journal Advanced Materials. (Via the University of Minnesota)

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