There have been so many news stories lately that convince me we will finally be able to check off cyborg on that list of things my generation is still waiting for. Zhenan Bao, a chemist at Stanford, has used a method called polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) to create a pressure sensitive skin that is 1000 times more responsive than human skin. Meanwhile at Berkeley inSan Fransisco, researchers there weaved nanowire semiconductors with rubber to form a low power pressure sensitive synthetic skin.
What does this all mean? Well at first it looks like amputees might be able to have artificial limbs that can be “hooked up” to the parts of the brain that still sense their missing limbs. If you think like me, then you know this is yet another step towards a responsive cyborg.