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Joanna's Paper Skin in Adv. Mater. Tech. (Wiley) Inaugural Issue!

This is a paper we have been waiting for some time. This is a paper which embodies comprehension. Bold steps to address the hard challenges in the world of soft electronics. In this paper, we make the following advancements:
1.       Demonstration a singular platform to integrate the maximum number of sensors – the closest someone can go to the natural skin.
2.       Use of household papers as the cheapest material someone can think of to make electronics.
3.       If functionality per cost is the measure, a table has been presented in the paper to capture all previous demonstrations on artificial/electronic skin and one can see the benefits of this demonstration.
4.       Seeding of citizen science. As I stated, my vision is to democratize electronics. Like software, apps, etc. I would like to see surge of ideas around electronics to give rise of citizen science. This is the first step toward that.
Paper Skin Multi-Sensory Platform for Simultaneous Environmental Monitoring
Joanna M. Nassar1, Marlon D. Cordero1, Arwa T. Kutbee1, Muhammad A. Karimi2, Galo A. Torres Sevilla1, Aftab M. Hussain1, Atif Shamim2 and Muhammad M. Hussain1*
Human skin and hair can simultaneously feel pressure, temperature, humidity, strain and flow – great inspirations for applications like artificial skins for burn and acid victims, robotics, vehicular technology and such. Previous efforts in this direction used sophisticated materials or processes. Chemically functionalized, inkjet printed or vacuum technology processed papers albeit cheap, have shown limited functionalities. Thus performance and/or functionalities per cost has been limited. Here we show a scalable “garage” fabrication approach using off-the-shelf inexpensive household elements such as aluminum foil, scotch tapes, sticky-notes, napkins and sponges to build “paper skin” with simultaneous real-time sensing capability of pressure, temperature, humidity, proximity, pH and flow. Enabling the basic principles of porosity, adsorption, and dimensions of these materials, we report a fully functioning distributed sensor network platform which for the first time can sense the vitals of its carrier (body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate and skin hydration) and the surrounding environment.
Congratulations to Joanna et al. for an important paper to start the year 2016!