Bionic limbs and prostheses have evolved immensely in recent years, but a newly developed electronic dermis may allow prosthetic users the ability to feel sensations on their robotic limbs. Developed by engineers at Johns Hopkins University, the new electronic dermis is currently focused primarily on sensing pain and utilizes multiple artificial receptors to convey these sensations.
These receptors work by exerting sensory feedback when the electronic dermis turns pressure into information. This information is relayed to the wearer's peripheral nerves and results in a lifelike and realistic sensation for the wearer. The uses of this material could prove immensely important for prosthetic research as it can provide wearers pivotal information regarding safety and can allow them to experience a sensation like a real limb.
Image Credit: Lary Canner/Johns Hopkins University
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