Nature communications recently published an article from Dae-Hyeong Kim’s lab describing a skin prosthetic they developed from PDMS. The material, PDMS enbedded with a silicon nanoribbon array, is stretchable and can detect stimuli such as:
- Strain on the material (from movements in the wrist and fingers)
- Humidity (i.e. is this cloth wet?)
These sensors can also be heated, so the prosthetic feels like more like a native skin. The uses of PDMS never cease. You can read the full article here.