Atlas, the DARPA humanoid robot most recently seen being pushed around and knocked down by a research scientist as it repeatedly tries to lift a box, could soon look even more human thanks to a soft, stretchable skin.

The skin is called hyper-elastic light-emitting capacitor. And not only can it feel pressure – giving Atlas a “sense” of touch – but it will give the military robot a chameleon-like ability to blend in with the environment, according the recent reports.

The new skin, developed in part using Army and Air Force funds, is the work of researchers at Cornell University in New York and the Italian Technology Institute in Pontedera. The paper on the skin was published recently in Science magazine.

The report states the skin is luminescent upon production. But it’s made up of incredibly thin rubber sheets arrayed with individually controllable pixels that enable it to alter its coloration in much the same way as some octopuses, according to the report.

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