Tagged: University of Illinois

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…

Four self-destructing devices paving way for secure, sustainable future

Self-destructing chip

Electronic waste – discarded TVs, cellphones, computers and peripherals etc – is the fastest growing waste around the globe. Most of the devices we use end up in landfills over time. Electronic waste contains various hazardous materials which can be really harmful to human health and environment if not disposed of correctly and carefully. Since, only a very insignificant percentage of global e-waste is recycled, we need a more viable option. Read More…

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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