There have been a lot of murmurings lately about electronic skin or transparent wearable devices. However, in order for something like this to happen, we need to send currents through human skin. Most people admit that they don't want to wear something that is bulky or too ostentatious. Scientists have been working on something different, something that is transparent and still conductive. A team of American and Korean researchers might have just found the key to making it all a reality.
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The film that they developed is 92 percent transparent but it has an electrical resistance that is "at least" 10 times better than any that has been used before. It is created by electrospinning polyacrylonitrile (which is a polymer resin) until it forms a mat. You then spatter coat that with metal and electroplate it.
The result? A material that eases the flow of a current but is actually made up of tiny see through holes - almost like pantyhose, according to the UIC News Center.
The technology is said to be very durable, you'll be able to bend and flex however you want without losing the features of it. Even more important, it is said to be really cheap to produce. The materials are common, the process doesn't take long at all, and mass-production won't be too difficult.
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Of course, it will probably be a long time before the technology is tested several times over, but it is easy to imagine a world where this is the norm. You will be able to monitor your health using these, have touch screens that roll up, flexible solar panels, and sophisticated wearable that change the industry more than an iPhone ever could.