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New Artificial Fingerprints Feel Texture, Hear Sound (sciencemag.org) 21

sciencehabit writes: Fake fingerprints might sound like just another ploy to fool the feds. But the world's first artificial prints — reported today (abstract) — have even cooler applications. The electronic material, which mimics the swirling designs imprinted on every finger, can sense pressure, temperature, and even sound. Though the technology has yet to be tested outside the lab, researchers say it could be key to adding sensation to artificial limbs or even enhancing the senses we already have.
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New Artificial Fingerprints Feel Texture, Hear Sound

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  • Batman Beyond suit (Score:5, Interesting)

    by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <gameboyrmh@gma i l .com> on Friday October 30, 2015 @03:38PM (#50834929) Journal

    The bat-suit in Batman Beyond / Batman of the Future had exactly this on the gloves. Batman would often press them on the outside of a window to hear what people inside were saying.

    • Came to see if anyone remembered that. You did not disappoint. [wikia.com]

      On a side note - this could make every person into a Daredevil, with gloves for reading print in the dark.
      While coupled with air-moisture sensors this could mean that in the future no one would be caught in the rain again, with streets suddenly emptying of people just before it starts.

      On the other hand people would be able to tell how long ago their chair or seat was occupied by someone else's ass and maybe even how big that ass was according to

  • It seems interesting to think that it won't be too terribly far into the future when those people who have lost some part of their body through accident or illness will have replacements that are vastly superior to what you would have naturally. Soon the people with the typical number of legs, fingers, eyes, etc. are going to be the handicapped ones.
    • "Fuck off peons, you can't afford what we can and we can live forever!" *mwuhahahaha*

      Those who claim the class is half empty are pessimists, those who claim the class is half full are optimists, and those who claim the glass is half as large as it should be are realists. Then we have people that look at half a glass and claim it's overflowing and everyone has half a glass. We call those people delusional... at best.

  • by U2xhc2hkb3QgU3Vja3M ( 4212163 ) on Friday October 30, 2015 @03:48PM (#50834967)
    Now add this to RealDolls so that their future A.I. can feel where and how they're being touched.
    • human female already has ridges and buds in many good places, who needs your RealDoll(tm) ?

      • by umghhh ( 965931 )
        'need' is a big word but I think those that are afraid to be infected with stuff and those that are afraid of being divorced into poverty would have some use in this invention. I guess there some other groups of people that would seriously consider realdoll if there were one. Besides your statement shows little to none understanding to individuals that are not interested in female body (electric sheep comes to mind but there are other choices too I would imagine).
        • Reasonable protection against infection has existed for over 2,000 years. Condoms are old, old tech.

          Of course we could include the gay fellers, same statement applies I just forgot RealDoll comes in the dude version too (and transgendered chick with a stick)

          Marriage is optional, don't have to buy a cow to get milk.

  • by NotQuiteReal ( 608241 ) on Friday October 30, 2015 @04:27PM (#50835231) Journal
    When they outlaw artificial fingerprints, only criminals will have artificial fingerprints.

    You can take my fingerprints when you pry them from my cold dead hands.
  • This is clearly artificial skin, just because it's corrugated does not make it an 'artificial fingerprint', whatever that might be (imho)...
  • finally there is a legitimate use for the saying!

  • Next up tasting colors and smelling textures.

Doubt isn't the opposite of faith; it is an element of faith. - Paul Tillich, German theologian and historian