This year, electronic skin crossed over from the realm of sci-fi visions to commercial reality. MC10 of Lexington, Mass., debuted two products that use small patches of stretchy electronics for health monitoring applications. These first products, which draw on novel ways of using existing materials, will help establish the market for electronic skin. Meanwhile, researchers working on new materials for electronic skins say their work will enable electronic skin to go much bigger, making it possible to create large-area, stretchy electronics that can be tiled onto or wrapped around robots, prosthetics, cars, and other objects. Circuit stretch Electronic skin has a lot to live up to.
by Katherine Bourzac, special to C&EN |
October 03, 2016