New technology invented at Stanford University may allow Robots to gain touch sensitive skin in the future. Remember Data from Star Trek? Data had always pushed towards becoming more human and one part of it was to feel emotion and sensations. There were some episodes where Data had the chance to receive skin grafts that allowed him to feel the same skin sensations that humans could.
The technology incorporates a transparent film of single-walled carbon nanotubes that simply act like tiny springs that react to pressure applied to them. The skin can also be stretched in any direction and will always snap back into place wrinkle free.
The key part in this technology is the carbon fiber nano-springs which were created by spraying nanotubes with an airbrush onto the surface of the silicone. The random dispersion of the nanotubes allows the silicone to be stretched in any direction over and over they always return to their original state.
Soon we might start to see Androids that can feel our touch and the temperature of the room. Other applications are to give feeling back to skin that was lost in an accident on a human being. Watch the video above for a demonstration of the new technology.