The wearable prototype is made of stretchable, extremely thin electronics (oxides and biocompatible silicone) with pressure sensing, temperature-reactive coatings and brainlike memory cells.
Electronic skins can already react to touch, but they’re not much good at reacting to the jabs and burns that cause pain.
While pain is a helpful natural defense mechanism, there aren’t many people (or bots, for that matter) looking for it.
RMIT University researchers have developed an artificial skin (via SciTechDaily) that reacts to pain much like humans do.
A prosthetic arm could better replicate the sensations of the real thing and keep people clear of danger.