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Bionic prosthetics and texture

It’s the first of our senses to develop – and one of the last to leave us. Even in today’s digital world, touch remains as important as ever, driving the development of technology and the way we interact with the things around us.

Swipes and taps now govern the way we use smartphones and tablets, with Apple moving things on even further with its iWatch, which features a ‘Taptic Engine’ – a bit of tech wizardry that taps you on the wrist whenever you receive an alert or notification, or press down on the device.

The intricacies of touch itself have confounded the field of prosthetics for decades, but scientists are said to be finally homing in on a workable solution for amputees – which will not only fulfil their the desire to experience the sensation, but facilitate previously impossible tasks such as gripping and peeling.

Of course, in the midst of all this technology it’s easy to forget that the act of touching itself actually holds very little meaning without the human body’s ability to formulate an emotional response to it.

To fully appreciate the things we touch, our brain has to make use of two neural pathways working in tandem. Texture forms a key part of this unique experience, often proving the catalyst in terms of likes and dislikes. This is why, according to culinary trend experts Ingredion, the way food feels is every bit as important as how it tastes.

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Peugeot has taken this relationship to the next level with a world first – textured paint that not only accentuates the car’s striking lines, but fulfils a groundbreaking role in being extremely hardwearing. Available on the 208 in Ice Grey and Ice Silver, the paint features fine particles of silica to create the distinctive matt effect, as well as to protect the bodywork from small scratches over the course of its lifetime. Micro-balloons of polyamide then deliver an exceptional textured finish.

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