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74 SMT007 MAGAZINE I OCTOBER 2020 Johnson: There are definitely more conversa- tions to be had and more interactions required with the people involved. I get that. This has been incredibly productive. Thank you for your time. Dill: Thank you, Nolan. SMT007 If you're interested in hiring veterans or learning more about our e-learning programs, contact Jahr Turchan. Sharon Montana-Beard: To support that, I just want to say that what we knew last year about what their needs were, we don't know this year, and that's all in the change of the environment. As the water is lower and the rocks start sticking up, perhaps some of their pains and desires or needs have changed. We need to know that. Sharon Montana-Beard The new research, published in Advanced Intelligent Systems and filed as a provisional patent, combines three technologies previously pioneered and patented by the team: • Stretchable electronics: Combining oxide materials with biocompatible silicone to deliver transparent, unbreakable, and wearable electronics as thin as a sticker. • Temperature-reactive coatings: Self-modifying coatings 1,000 times thinner than a human hair based on a material that transforms in response to heat. • Brain-mimicking memory: Electronic memory cells that imitate the way the brain uses long-term memory to recall and retain previous information. (Source: RMIT University) Researchers have developed electronic artificial skin that reacts to pain just like real skin, opening the way to better prosthetics, smarter robotics, and non-invasive alternatives to skin grafts. The prototype device devel- oped by a team at RMIT University in Australia can elec- tronically replicate the way human skin senses pain. The device mimics the body's near-instant feedback response and can react to painful sensations with the same lightning speed that nerve signals travel to the brain. Lead researcher Professor Madhu Bhaskaran said the pain-sensing prototype was a significant advance toward next-generation biomedical technologies and intelligent robotics. "Skin is our body's largest sensory organ, with com- plex features designed to send rapid-fire warning sig- nals when anything hurts," Bhaskaran said. "We're sens- ing things all the time through the skin, but our pain response only kicks in at a certain point, like when we touch some- thing too hot or too sharp. No electronic technologies have been able to realisti- cally mimic that very human feeling of pain until now. Our artificial skin reacts instantly when pressure, heat or cold reach a painful threshold. It's a critical step forward in the future development of the sophisticated feedback systems that we need to deliver truly smart pros- thetics and intelligent robotics." New Electronic Skin Can React to Pain Like Human Skin

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