Stretch Armstong: bendy, stretchy and twistable. Not particularly useful. Electronics: Useful. Not so much with twisty business. If only researchers could figure out a way to... OH HEY! Scientists Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University and John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a way to …
Twisted circuit smoke- don't breathe that!
Co chain-link, then?
So basically, they created a circuit using really tiny chain-link. While it's certainly interesting in the context of bendy computers, it's not exactly a new idea. Chain-mail armor has been around for how many hundreds of years? We've known for a very long time that if we want metal to bend, we need to form it using links. Look at wristwatches if you want another example. What interests (and always amazes) me is that they can make it so damn small.
you ask: will it blend?
i say: watch it shred!
holy crap, that's just slick.
those clever fellows...
"an optical image of an electronic device in a complex deformation mode."
What....you mean that picture of a circuit board being bendy?
That sentence alone reminds me of "Mr Logic" from the days I used to read Viz.
Fine. Now we just need components that can do the same
Good for traces, not for placing components....
Having recently twatishly broken expensive bits of my PC, I would find this innovation incredibly useful in ordinary computing components, especialy those bits which inveterate hamfisted hardware fiddlers (yours truly) may have cause to manipulate, often percussively.
Also, a laptop made completly of this stuff would be far more genuinely "'ard" than recent efforts at so called 'drop-resistant' (not 'proof' but 'resistant', huh?).
<---Is it fireproof?
Does this mean...
...that we will soon have 'warp' drives that can store terabytes of data?
Will my PDA become my 'flexible' friend?
Can I have wraparound glasses with an integrated, bluetooth enabled, oled, display?
Pictures, diagrams, plz!
Yes, but will it blend?
an optical image of an electronic device in a complex deformation mode
Well, that was an octet stream that indirectly precipitated an audible, amusement-related respiratory response.
"an optical image"
as opposed to what? A tactile image?
> "an optical image"
> as opposed to what?
A non-optical image, of course!
I hope you sended a message about this bended circuit...
'Can I have wraparound glasses with an integrated, bluetooth enabled, oled, display?'
Only if they are also Peril sensitive.
re: Chris C (chain link)
Can't use chain link- it will not keep a continuous connection (for reasons that are obvious)...
All I can hope for is that the end points are easier to deal with then the ribbon cable interconnects, which are infamous for their fragility and flexibility.
This would be a neat thing to see made into production- I can think of a large number of applications this would work in (and not just the medical field, either)
@david - those clever fellows
Yes, you're right. I'm surprised they weren't classifed as boffins.
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