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New Artificial Fingerprints Feel Texture, Hear Sound

sciencehabit writes: Fake fingerprints might sound like just another ploy to fool the feds. But the world’s first artificial prints — reported today (abstract) — have even cooler applications. The electronic material, which mimics the swirling designs imprinted on every finger, can sense pressure, temperature, and even sound. Though the technology has yet to be tested outside the lab, researchers say it could be key to adding sensation to artificial limbs or even enhancing the senses we already have.


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