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Rubber electronics debut

  August 18/25 , 2008
Mix carbon nanotubes into plastic, coat with an electrically conducting rubber, integrate with plastic transistors and you have stretchable electronic devices.

The technique could be used to make sensitive robot skin and other sensor arrays on curved and movable surfaces.

Research paper:
A Rubberlike Stretchable Active Matrix Using Elastic Conductors
Science, published Online August 7, 2008

Researchers' homepages:
Tokao Someya Group
Kenji Hata
Aida Laboratory

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