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Manuscript Submission Deadline 08 October 2022

Tactile sensors mimic the human sense of touch by transforming physical touch into processable information, which is manifested in quantifiable parameters like temperature, vibration, softness, texture, shape, composition shear as well as normal force or combinations thereof.

Being an essential component in manifold applications of prominent social and technological implications, spanning artificial skin for a robot, minimally invasive surgery, wearable computers, mobile or desktop haptic devices, and security systems, etc., tactile sensors have the potential to impact the frontiers of cutting-edge technologies.

There are various types of tactile sensors including piezoelectric, piezoresistive, elastoresistive, capacitive, and self-powered, with their operating mechanisms and distinct performance features. Nevertheless, the development of tactile sensors with performance capable of answering critical challenges from state-of-the-art applications requiring rigorous performance metrics is still falling behind, therefore solutions are needed urgently. As a result, we are here calling for integrated measures and innovative endeavors from the research communities directed towards developing advanced nanomaterials to achieve performance gains in tactile sensors and to open new avenues for emerging technologies.

It is well-received that high sensitivity represents one of the major lingering challenges impeding the development of high-performance tactile sensors that cater to advanced electronics. To remedy this challenge requires intense efforts involving the development of nanomaterials of advanced physiochemical properties and the creation of advanced microstructures that efficiently translate physical touch.

This Research Topic intends to gather manuscripts with efforts undertaken in said directions intending to inspire future innovations in this field. Topics of interest could include but are not limited to:

• Tactile sensor development

• Tactile sensors used in flexible electronics

• Healthcare applications of tactile sensors

• Disease diagnosis

• Tactile sensors within biomedical materials

• Opportunities and challenges of concurrent tactile sensor

Keywords: tactile sensor, flexible electronics, nanomaterial, triboelectric nanogenerator, wearables, sensor devices


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Tactile sensors mimic the human sense of touch by transforming physical touch into processable information, which is manifested in quantifiable parameters like temperature, vibration, softness, texture, shape, composition shear as well as normal force or combinations thereof.

Being an essential component in manifold applications of prominent social and technological implications, spanning artificial skin for a robot, minimally invasive surgery, wearable computers, mobile or desktop haptic devices, and security systems, etc., tactile sensors have the potential to impact the frontiers of cutting-edge technologies.

There are various types of tactile sensors including piezoelectric, piezoresistive, elastoresistive, capacitive, and self-powered, with their operating mechanisms and distinct performance features. Nevertheless, the development of tactile sensors with performance capable of answering critical challenges from state-of-the-art applications requiring rigorous performance metrics is still falling behind, therefore solutions are needed urgently. As a result, we are here calling for integrated measures and innovative endeavors from the research communities directed towards developing advanced nanomaterials to achieve performance gains in tactile sensors and to open new avenues for emerging technologies.

It is well-received that high sensitivity represents one of the major lingering challenges impeding the development of high-performance tactile sensors that cater to advanced electronics. To remedy this challenge requires intense efforts involving the development of nanomaterials of advanced physiochemical properties and the creation of advanced microstructures that efficiently translate physical touch.

This Research Topic intends to gather manuscripts with efforts undertaken in said directions intending to inspire future innovations in this field. Topics of interest could include but are not limited to:

• Tactile sensor development

• Tactile sensors used in flexible electronics

• Healthcare applications of tactile sensors

• Disease diagnosis

• Tactile sensors within biomedical materials

• Opportunities and challenges of concurrent tactile sensor

Keywords: tactile sensor, flexible electronics, nanomaterial, triboelectric nanogenerator, wearables, sensor devices


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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