Highly selective flexible tactile strain and temperature sensors against substrate bending for an artificial skin
Flexible devices can conformally cover any surfaces and interact with different stimuli such as human touch. Although a flexible tactile sensor has been reported as an artificial skin application, distinguishing between a tactile force and strain due to substrate bending remains challenging. Here we report a highly selective tactile force sensor against bending on the basis of strain engineering by fabricating a cantilever structure. The proposed device achieves a 4–23 times improvement in selectivity compared to conventional pressure sensitive rubber. As a proof-of-concept for e-skin, an array composed of highly selective tactile force sensors and temperature sensors is successfully demonstrated to imitate human skin.