Technology & Engineering

Novel Electronic Skin


NES is an artificial, soft skin for use in robotics, which provides information on the physical properties of the objects with which it interacts.

  • The novel technology will provide real-time evaluation of objects.
  • NES will allow robots to interact with objects more efficiently and safely.
  • NES will allow for disruption within the farming and industrial robotics markets.



It’s hard to measure physical properties with the sensors currently available on the market. There is a growing need within the robotics sector for more accurate analysis of objects to improve robot-object interactions.



This two-part sensor, inspired by human skin, will use changing magnetic fields to measure both normal and shear forces. It can be incorporated onto curved surfaces, will be able to collect information on the physical properties of the objects it interacts with, and will allow robots to adapt how they move and act. Other sensors, such as temperature sensors, can also be embedded into the technology depending on use. Examples of properties being measured include surface texture and stiffness.


IP Status

An intellectual property strategy has been developed, expected to begin in 2024, following the collection of further data and funding.



We are seeking further funding and industrial partnerships to continue commercialising the technology.

Contact Adam Daykin at to discuss.



We’ve partnered with the Portuguese government to commence initial studies with NES. Further data is expected to be collected throughout 2023-2024. Data can be shared under confidentiality upon request.


Project lead

Dr Lorenzo Jamone, School of Engineering and Materials Science 

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