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back to article Dissolving silk electronics melt in your body, not in the hand

When it comes to electronics, boffins are usually going one way - how to make them smaller, faster and longer lasting, but a few researchers are going against the tide - looking for electronics that can last just a moment and then disappear. Boffins insert dissolvable implant into a lab rat At the University of Illinois, with …

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>From the earliest days of the electronics industry, a key design goal has been to build devices that last

>forever - with completely stable performance

As opposed to the marketing goal which is to encourage if not force consumers to buy new kit every six months.

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"As opposed to the marketing goal which is to encourage if not force consumers to buy new kit every six months."

Sadly *neither* goal has been fully accomplished.

Yet.

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tags for all?

In the pictures - are those RFID tags? I don't know enough about this sort of thing to be sure, but I can't say I'm thrilled about the idea of implanting RFID tags in people, even if they do dissolve over time.

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Especially if they are so small that they don't get noticed. Could make smart dust a reality.

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Warranty voided

If they make the electronics soluble it'll reduce their costs as they won't need a "got wet" sensor to tell us we've voided the warranty.

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