UC California Berkeley researchers have developed an electronic skin that is capable of sensing touch as sensitive and as fast as the human skin does. The approach was to use a thin rubber film that also includes capacitors to measure the pressures.
The new approach, once out of the lab, could find applications in medicine, where restoration of sensation is required on some injured patients. It will also find application on almost all areas of robotics. This also represent an important development in artificial intelligence, because the development of human intelligence is based on the inputs received from senses.