You can’t force someone to feel something, right? Wrong. At least sometimes…
For those living without physical sensation recent developments in the field of ‘electronic skin’ represent a much-needed ray of hope.
There are already elastic membrane patches that adhere to the skin and perceive pressure, force and temperature.
Now researchers in Israel are refocusing their efforts on connecting this information to the central nervous system, a move that would alert patch-wearers to dangers they would not otherwise register, such as burns caused by the spilling of hot drinks.
In a few years, the patches might even be able to perceive biochemical changes in the body and make an early detection of diseases such as TB.