Wow – this could make a lot of difference in developing robots (not just humanoid ones) that respond/react to the environment in ways that mimic humans. The sociable robotics crowd who see intelligence emerging out of human-like interaction with the world will be happy, I imagine. See: Humanlike robot skin developed | Betterhumans > News
A flexible artificial skin has been developed that could give robots the ability to sense touch and temperature.
“It will be possible in the near future to make an electronic skin that has functions that human skin lacks,” they write.
I guess you could make clothing out of it too. Imaging gardening gloves that told you the temperature of the soil while you worked it – or something linked back into a human-worn haptic interface.