Sensitive skin, also known as sensate skin, is an electronic sensing skin placed on the surface of a machine such as a robotic arm. The goal of the skin is to sense important environmental parameters--such as proximity to objects, heat, moisture, and direct touch sensations. Examples of a sensitive skin have been made by a group in Tokyo led by Takao Someya.
The group's work has been published in Proceedings of the (United States) National Academy of Sciences. At this point they have shown pressure and temperature measurements at a resolution of a few millimeters.
The sensor arrays are based on many organic thin film transistors that are turned on one at a time and the current that flows through the sensor (electrical resistance-based) tells you how much pressure is being sensed. They have simultaneously measured pressure and temperature by using two separate arrays and laying one on top of another.
A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON SENSITIVE SKIN.(sensitive skin and companies that supply treatments)(Statistical Data Included)
Jun 01, 2001; The precise clinical definition of sensitive skin remains as elusive today as it was twenty years ago. At that time investigators...