Tagged: Flexible electronics

Apple bags patent for foldable iPhone that can fold in half

foldable iPhone patent
Electronic manufacturers are on a hunt to develop bendable gadgets, especially smartphones. Researchers have even developed a bendable battery. Sharp was in news recently for its bendable OLED display that was being associated with future generation of iPhones. Samsung had announced arrival of a 5-inch smartphone, which if folded would function as a 7-inch tablet. Most recent was a video in which Xiaomi’s bendable touch-screen was seen in action. Read More…

Researchers develop stretchable solar cells and batteries that can be applied to skin like band-aid

Stretchable Solar cells

Scientists have left no stone unturned to figure out how to exploit electronics in wearable systems or devices, like fabrics or shoes. Researchers at Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois have developed stretchable and soft batteries and solar cells that are thin enough to be applied to human skin like a band-aid. According to the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, the batteries and cells are arranged as array of thin, milimetre-scale components (2.5 millimetres), which are interconnected together with spring-like wiring. Read More…

Smart Bandage capable of detecting bedsores at a very early stage

Smart Bandage that detects bedsores and ulcers UC Berkeley

Bedsores and ulcers can be a real irritation for bed-ridden people, and they are very painful indeed. To counter this problem Engineers at UC Berkeley and researchers at UCSF are in the phase of developing a Smart Bandage that detects underlying development of bedsores at a very early stage. The development of this Smart Bandage is undertaken by UC Berkeley researchers who devised the software and hardware of the bandage, while UCSF carried out all the initial animal trials. Smart Bandage uses electrical signals (impedance spectroscopy) to detect tissue development under the skin for curing bedsores or ulcers at their root level.
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Skin thermometer tattoo with sensors to monitor body temperature

Tattoo thermometer

Getting a fever or having temperature variation in the body can be a tell-tale sign of ailment, be it due to anybody injury or infection. Normally when you feel that your body is heating up and dizziness is evident, it means that there is some kind of problem with your body physics due to infection or other inflammatory conditions. To assess the situation you get hold of a thermometer and then get to know whether your body temperature is higher than normal, so that you can consult a doctor for further treatment. But now a team of researchers headed by John A. Rogers from the University of Illinois is all set to overhaul that tradition by developing a tattoo like sensor that can be embedded onto the skin to measure body temperature on the go with utmost precision.
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