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A bionic skin could soon be a widespread reality

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Takao Someya, a scientist at the University of Tokyo, has created a bionic skin, or an e-skin, that could revolutionize the field of medicine.

Capable of equipping humans with unprecedented levels of sensitivity when it comes to touch, Someya thinks that this new skin could help doctors feel a tiny tumor, otherwise undetectable without a scan or surgery.

Ambitiously, Someya says that this could happen within the next few years.

While Someya s original vision for the bionic skin involved robots rather than humans, his concept has evolved to include an even broader use case.

But 15 years later, he s managed to do much more.

A simultaneous innovation at the time in Princeton by Professor Sigurd Wagner inspired Someya s team to create stretchable skin by ink-jet printing their organic sensor grids onto plastic films, which were then laminated onto a pre-stretched rubber substrate.

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