Electronic skin to give robots human-like touch

“A flexible electronic skin that can sense when something is too hot to handle or is being squeezed too hard could give robots an almost-human sense of touch. Takao Someya and colleagues at the University of Tokyo in Japan embedded electronic sensors in a thin plastic film flexible enough to wrap around an egg.” (New Scientist)

Here’s a loose association, but has anyone seen Crash? This brutal (and somewhat over-the-top) film about a variety of pathologies in human interaction starts with a memorable voiceover monologue by Don Cheadle during the opening credits about how the problem with LA is that everyone is enveloped in steel and glass and isolated from the normal experience of interpersonal contact as they travel through the urban world.