PerspectiveFlexible Sensors

The more and less of electronic-skin sensors

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Science  20 Nov 2020:
Vol. 370, Issue 6519, pp. 910-911
DOI: 10.1126/science.abe7366

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Electronic skins (e-skins) are flexible electronic devices that emulate properties of human skin, such as high stretchability and toughness, perception of stimuli, and self-healing. These devices can serve as an alternative to natural human skin or as a human-machine interface (13). For on-skin applications, an e-skin should be multimodal (sense more than one external stimulus), have a high density of sensors, and have low interference with natural skin sensation. On pages 961 and 966 of this issue, You et al. (4) and Lee et al. (5), respectively, report advances of skin-like electronic devices. You et al. present a stretchable multimodal ionic-electronic (IE) conductor–based “IEM-skin” that can measure both strain and temperature inputs without signal interference. Lee et al. describe an ultrathin capacitive pressure sensor based on conductive and dielectric nanomesh structures that can be attached to a human fingertip for grip pressure and force measurement without affecting natural skin sensation.

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