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Stretch Armstong: bendy, stretchy and twistable. Not particularly useful. Electronics: Useful. Not so much with twisty business. If only researchers could figure out a way to... OH HEY! Scientists Yonggang Huang of Northwestern University and John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a way …


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  1. Brian


    Twisted circuit smoke- don't breathe that!

  2. Chris C

    Co chain-link, then?

    So basically, they created a circuit using really tiny chain-link. While it's certainly interesting in the context of bendy computers, it's not exactly a new idea. Chain-mail armor has been around for how many hundreds of years? We've known for a very long time that if we want metal to bend, we need to form it using links. Look at wristwatches if you want another example. What interests (and always amazes) me is that they can make it so damn small.

  3. sauerkraut


    you ask: will it blend?

    i say: watch it shred!

  4. Anonymous Coward
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  5. david

    holy crap, that's just slick.

    those clever fellows...

  6. Andy Worth


    "an optical image of an electronic device in a complex deformation mode." mean that picture of a circuit board being bendy?

    That sentence alone reminds me of "Mr Logic" from the days I used to read Viz.

  7. Peter D'Hoye
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    Fine. Now we just need components that can do the same

    Good for traces, not for placing components....

  8. Iain

    Stretch PCs

    Having recently twatishly broken expensive bits of my PC, I would find this innovation incredibly useful in ordinary computing components, especialy those bits which inveterate hamfisted hardware fiddlers (yours truly) may have cause to manipulate, often percussively.

    Also, a laptop made completly of this stuff would be far more genuinely "'ard" than recent efforts at so called 'drop-resistant' (not 'proof' but 'resistant', huh?).

    <---Is it fireproof?

  9. Tim

    Does this mean...

    ...that we will soon have 'warp' drives that can store terabytes of data?

    Will my PDA become my 'flexible' friend?

    Can I have wraparound glasses with an integrated, bluetooth enabled, oled, display?

  10. RaelianWingnut


    Pictures, diagrams, plz!

  11. Anonymous Coward

    Yes, but will it blend?

    Awesome :)

  12. Geoff Mackenzie

    an optical image of an electronic device in a complex deformation mode

    Well, that was an octet stream that indirectly precipitated an audible, amusement-related respiratory response.

  13. Dave


    "an optical image"

    as opposed to what? A tactile image?

  14. Anonymous Coward


    > "an optical image"

    > as opposed to what?

    A non-optical image, of course!

  15. Anonymous Coward
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    I hope you sended a message about this bended circuit...

  16. Muscleguy


    'Can I have wraparound glasses with an integrated, bluetooth enabled, oled, display?'

    Only if they are also Peril sensitive.

  17. J. Cook Silver badge

    re: Chris C (chain link)

    Can't use chain link- it will not keep a continuous connection (for reasons that are obvious)...

    All I can hope for is that the end points are easier to deal with then the ribbon cable interconnects, which are infamous for their fragility and flexibility.

    This would be a neat thing to see made into production- I can think of a large number of applications this would work in (and not just the medical field, either)

  18. Anonymous Coward

    @david - those clever fellows

    Yes, you're right. I'm surprised they weren't classifed as boffins.

  19. Martin Lyne


    Infrared, X-rag, gamma ray, terahertz, the rest of the non-visible-light spectrum images


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