August 8, 2008
Flexible material developed for path breaking gadgets
Japanese scientists have developed a rubbery material that conducts electricity. Tsuyoshi Sekitani of the University of Tokyo has described it as a flexible rubbery material that could be used to make devices that bend and stretch. The material is made from using carbon nanotubes, a long stretch of carbon molecules that can conduct electricity. The advantages of such a material in the medical field are numerous, as devices made from this material could better interact with the body and help in treatment of – or better yet replacement of various organs or limbs.
Initial testing has shown that the material can withstand stretching up to double its original size without any disruption to the transistors or losing its conductive properties. Wonder if someday we see an actual artificial limb that an help an amputee feel again.