Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Nanotechnology electronics at the tip of your gloved finger


Imagine this: Chip-based credit cards and other smart cards on paper; intelligent sensors and electronics on doctors' surgical gloves; health monitors printed on T-shirts; diagnostic devices embedded in your baby's diapers; human machine interfaces on workers' leather gloves. These are just some of the systems that researchers envision today and that will become reality tomorrow thanks to research teams like John Rogers' group at the University of Illinois.
Nanotechnology-enabled electronics of the future will be invisible/transparent and flexible. One of the areas Rogers' group focus on is creating materials and processes that will allow high-performance electronics that are flexible and stretchable - printable electronics will play a major role.

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