This artificial skin could be used to make prosthetics that actually let you feel

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Oct 16, 2015

The cool stuff isn’t just sci-fi anymore. Prosthetics are a way of life for those who have lost a limb, and advances in technology are making the tools more and more sophisticated. But this latest advancement might be the biggest game-changer yet.

Scientists have already made advances on prosthetics that can be controlled by a user's mind (much like a traditional limb), but now researchers at Stanford University have created artificial skin filled with carbon nanotubes, cable of translating different amounts of pressure to a digital signal direct to the brain. They published the study, which was conducted on mice, in Science.

This tech obviously still has a long way to go until someone with a prosthetic hand can feel the sand on a beach, or feel the road under an artificial foot during a jog — but it’s a start. For the study, the sensors just detected pressure (with no real differentiations) and sent that signal to the mouse’s cortex to let them know it was touching something. It seemed to work, and they think once they move forward, it can create the sensation of actually feeling something.

Check out a shot of the artificial skin below and let us know what you think:

(Via Popular Science)

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