The merging of the mechanical and the living continues apace, but instead of adding organic brain power to machines, scientists are making biological androids/gynoids (AKA “bioroids”) possible by making robotic skin from human fibroblasts.
“Technologies are blurring the line between human and machine. Now, scientists are taking the next step: developing human-like skin for robots.
“Though it sounds like the stuff of science fiction, in a study published Thursday in the journal Matter, researchers described how they developed skin tissue for robots that looks and moves just like ours. ‘We have shown that living skin tissue can be used as a coating material for robots,’ Shoji Takeuchi, an engineer at the University of Tokyo and lead author of the study, told Insider. ‘This result has the potential to make robots look more human-like.’
“To craft the skin, the team first submerged a robotic finger in a cylinder filled with a solution of collagen and fibroblasts — two main components that make up skin, the human body’s largest organ. Using living cells also endows robots with the biological functions of skin, such as its ability to self-repair and repel water.”
This means only one thing: Bioroid catgirls with cute hapattable skin!
The future in nyaa-igh!
The full paper can be read here or below: