Tactile impression and friction of water on human skin

Yoshimune Nonomura, Takaharu Fujii, Yuichiro Arashi, Taku Miura, Takashi Maeno, Kaoru Tashiro, Yasuhisa Kamikawa, Rie Monchi

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Water has a unique touch as well as characteristic physical properties. However, nobody knows the real identity of its touch. Here, we show that water creates a stick-slip feel when a small amount is rubbed using fingertip on an artificial skin that mimics the structure of human skin. The results of frictional analyses predict that this stick-slip feel is caused by a drastic change in frictional resistance. The present result is valuable for biologists and robot engineers as well as cognitive scientists and tribologists, because it is a new example of stick-slip phenomena on biological surfaces. The tactile texture of this most familiar material could also be applied to consumer products or virtual reality systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)264-267
Number of pages4
JournalColloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar 1


  • Friction
  • Sensory evaluation
  • Tactile impression
  • Water

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Colloid and Surface Chemistry


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