Jang Kyung-in, of the Rogers Research Group at the University of Illinois, has developed artificial skin, intended for health monitoring, that mimics the structure of collagen. The strong and elastic platform is well suited for silicone-based electronic sensing systems. It will attach to real skin like a band-aid. Users can apply and remove it multiple times without damage.
Jang believes that the new “skin” also creates opportunities for tissue engineering and biomedical devices. ApplySci described a related development in December. Roozbeh Ghaffari’s pressure, moisture, heat and cold detecting artificial skin can revolutionize prosthetics, allowing a bionic hand’s fingers to stretch and move as real fingers would.