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Scientists are closing the robot’s fingertip on what appears to be human skin

The new equivalent skin was developed using living cells and has the potential to heal itself like human skin

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We may be closer to real life Westworldas Tokyo scientists cover the robot’s finger with a living thing that looks like skin made of human cells.

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The skin can bend and stretch, dehydrate and even cool as a real thing, says a team of researchers from the University of Tokyo, Japan.

The team working on the project says that the construction of a robot-sized skin will allow for “coherent and natural interaction with robots.” The study, published in Important on Thursday, he explained that robots with a human-like appearance could be more effective in transmitting information to a wide range of environments, including the service industry, medical care, and nursing.

Many previous attempts to create robotic leather, used silicone cover. This equivalent of new skin was developed using real living cells, and it has the potential to heal itself like human skin.

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The procedure involved mimicking two layers of human skin using skin cells from the dermis, or underlayer and the epidermis, the outer layer that you can see, feel and touch.

In humans, skin cells improve healing, then connect the inner and outer layers of the skin. Epidermal cells prevent infectious diseases do not enter the body, and prevent moisture loss.

Cells from both layers were used to create skin balance, and the healing, connective and drainage activities tested in the study were found to be the closest analog of the real thing.

To test the skin’s ability to heal, scientists have used a technique similar to that used to treat severe burns. They cut the skin, then applied a sheet of collagen and left a finger in the collagen solution. After seven days, a sheet of collagen was attached to the skin on the finger, healing the wound enough to withstand the force of bending and finger movement.

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The robot finger relaxes in solution as it heals with the use of a collagen bandage.  Biohybrid Systems (Takeuchi) Laboratory, The University of Tokyo / Handout with REUTERS
The robot finger relaxes in solution as it heals with the use of a collagen bandage. Biohybrid Systems (Takeuchi) Laboratory, The University of Tokyo / Handout with REUTERS Photo by Biohybrid Systems (Takeuchi) Laboratory, The University of Tokyo / Handout with REUTERS /Reuters

The skin is imperfect though. The human skin has the ability to sense and regulate body temperature. Duplicating those functions in a robot that might require scientists to develop sensory neurons, such as sweat glands and sweat glands.

The biggest challenge, however, is that the skin cannot withstand dry areas for long. In the study, the finger was kept in a liquid solution whenever not tested. Like human skin, we cannot survive without getting some kind of water.

Building a skin that is truly healthy can require the development of blood vessels to keep the skin moist enough to function in the real world without constant immersion in water.

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Scientists are closing the robot’s fingertip on what appears to be human skin


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