Synthetic Nerve Senses Braille, Could Transform Prosthetics
A new type of artificial nerve can sense touch, process information, and communicate with other nerves. A Stanford University team used flexible organic electronics to mimic the functions of a sensory nerve. The team used their setup to identify Braille characters, and was even able to drive the motion of a cockroach leg. The work, recently published in Science, has potential applications in neurorobotics and neuroprosthetics.