Toward a new generation of smart skins

Takao Someya, Masayuki Amagai

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

275 Citations (Scopus)


Rapid advances in soft electronics, microfabrication technologies, miniaturization and electronic skins are facilitating the development of wearable sensor devices that are highly conformable and intimately associated with human skin. These devices—referred to as ‘smart skins’—offer new opportunities in the research study of human biology, in physiological tracking for fitness and wellness applications, and in the examination and treatment of medical conditions. Over the past 12 months, electronic skins have been developed that are self-healing, intrinsically stretchable, designed into an artificial afferent nerve, and even self-powered. Greater collaboration between engineers, biologists, informaticians and clinicians will be required for smart skins to realize their full potential and attain wide adoption in a diverse range of real-world settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-388
Number of pages7
JournalNature Biotechnology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Apr 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Toward a new generation of smart skins'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this