Electronic skin market is projected to expand significantly during the estimated timeframe owing to the technological advancements and health benefits related to electronic suits. Skin being the largest organ in the human body, has a wide variety of properties like high mechanical toughness, stretchability, tactile sensing capability, and self-healing ability.

Devices which mimic such properties of skin, apart from providing extra features, are known as e-skin or electronic skin. The main application areas of electronic skin are in skin wearable devices, prosthetics, and robotics.

The stretching and flexible characteristics of electronic skin enable miniaturized semiconductor components, which includes nano-scale drug delivery systems, antennas, compact power sources, and light-emitting diodes. Sensors which measure temperature, strain, and stress can be rooted into the flexible substrate, basically materials which are silicone based and with cross-linked polymers, and are applied to different points of the patient’s body. Flexible displays can be printed onto the electronic skin to remove the discomfort of wearing monitoring devices that are bulky.

The electronic skin market is segmented in terms of product, component, sensor type, application, distribution channel, and regional landscape.

With respect to product, the market is divided into electronic skin suit and electronic patches. Among these, electronic skin suit offers health monitoring properties for various ailments and disorders such as respiratory, cardiac, sleep and activity tracker among others.

Based on component, the market is classified into stretchable circuits, stretchable conductors, photovoltaics system, and electro-active polymers. The stretchable conductors are crucial elements for stretchable electronic devices used in next-gen wearables and soft robotics. The stretchable conductors have many advantages owing to their physical properties. These advantages include structure-based conductors that have the advantage of high conductivity as they incorporate thin metal films. Thus, these are being increasingly utilized in wearable electronics.

With respect to sensor type, the market is bifurcated into tactile sensors, chemical sensors, electrophysiological sensors, and others. Among these electrophysiological sensors help in monitoring diseases like chronic diseases as well as restoration therapy of patients who might have underwent trauma.

Based on application, the market is segmented into health monitoring systems, drug delivery systems, cosmetics, and others. Among these, the advantages offered by new drug delivery systems in electronic skin include improving therapy by increasing the period of action and minimizing the side effects.

Based on distribution channel, the market is categorized into B2B and B2C. The B2C segment will witness growth owing to the increased awareness among the general population especially in the developed economies regarding the potential health benefits of using electronic skin suits and electronic skin patches.

From a regional frame of reference, the Middle East & Africa electronic skin market will show a considerable growth during the forecast period with a CAGR of 14.6%. This is due to the presence of technologically advanced Middle Eastern countries such as UAE and Saudi Arabia.