5 things you didn’t know about...a flexible sensor
Credit: University of
1. Made of layers of inexpensive silicon and a highly
conductive gel, the sensor can be folded and bent while retaining its ability
to detect touch.
2. Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC),
Canada, developed the flexible sensor, with funding from the Natural Sciences
and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
3. The prototype measures just 5 x 5cm, but the sensor can
be scaled up. Mirza Saquib Sarwar, PhD student at the University of British
Columbia (UBC), claims, ‘It’s entirely possible to make a room-sized version of
this sensor for just dollars per square metre, and then put sensors on the
wall, on the floor, or over the surface of the body – almost anything that
requires a transparent, stretchable touch screen.’
4. Saquib Sarwar also pointed out that because it’s cheap to
manufacture it could be incorporated in disposable wearables like health monitors.
5. The sensor could also be used in robotic skins to make
interactions between humans and robots safer, according to Professor John
Madden, of the university’s Faculty of Applied Science.
out more see page 4 of the upcoming May issue of Materials World.
The super productive Japanese Design Studio Nendo created a special installation for this years Milan design week. The Jellyfish Vases are displayed in a group setting. They are made of ultra thin, double dyed, transparent silicon, So they appear just as a sillouhette floating in the water, that they are submerged in. The Aquarium like basin is equipped with a small current, so that the vases float around like Jellyfishes that hold flowers. The double dying give the silicon the decent colors that are also very characteristic for Nendo´s designs.