Stanford researchers have recently created self-healing material.
Researchers from Stanford University have created a material that can sense changes in pressure and heal itself.
It is the first synthetic material to emulate these properties of skin.
A combination of plastic polymer and nickel has resulted in a material that is conductive and can be used in electronics and mechanical products.
The healing abilities of the material work very fast.
When researchers cut a thin piece in half, and then pressed the two pieces back together, they regained almost 100 percent of their strength and electrical conductivity in about half an hour.
The nickel used in the material to make it electrically conductive also gives it the ability to sense a change in pressure.
When the nickel particles are farther apart, it changes the electric current.
These changes can be turned into information about pressure or the amount of flexing that is happening to the material.
The scientists think that this new material could be used on prosthetics, or for electrical products like hard to repair wires, or even for overlaying on display screens.