Robotic finger with self-healing skin could make androids more lifelike
- A Japanese scientist claims humanoids will be able to appear even more lifelike in the future thanks to an innovation which wraps a machine with living human skin.
Japanese scientists at the University of Tokyo have developed a robotic finger covered in living skin that is able to heal itself. Like real human skin, the lab grown coating is water repellent and wrinkles up when the robot's finger curls.
The team hoped to add additional features to the skin, such as a nervous or vascular system to further improve its function. If achieved, they believe the skin can be used in the future for multiple purposes, such as transplantation, cosmetic, and drug testing, or even as a covering for prosthetic limbs.