New “stretchy” sensors built on nanowire conductors could potentially be embedded in clothing, or on human skin and other surfaces to track strain and pressure, or provide touch-based functionality in new form factors. Continue reading
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the University of Chicago and Hanyang University in Korea have combined advanced ultra-high resolution inkjet technology with self-assembling block copolymers to increase the resolution of intricate nanostructure fabrication down to 15 nanometers from 200.
Flexible electronics are the coming wave of technological gizmos. At some point, our modern cell phones will seem just as clunky as the first generation brick-sized phones, and our clothing will keep track of our health. Eventually, we may end up with flexible tech we don’t even need to carry.
In cooperation with the Johannes Kepler University, University of Tokyo scientists have developed a flexible sensor thinner than plastic wrap and lighter than a feather. The scientists refer to their breakthrough as “imperceptible electronics,” but we may well come to know it as e-skin. When a patch of the material to fastened to the human body, researchers claim it is all but impossible to notice. Continue reading
I’m starting to think graphene may very well be the greatest thing ever to emerge from a laboratory. The latest in a long line of advancements: researchers at Nanyang Technological University have developed a graphene image sensor that can detect broad spectrum light and allow cameras to take clear photos even in low light.