"The inspiration was to make something durable that would last for a very long time, and could detect multiple hazards," says Mosa.
While the researchers have not yet tested the sensor for its response to heat and cold, they suspect it will work for those as well. Next, they say, they plan to make the sensor in a flat configuration, more like skin, and see if it still works.
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