Are you reading this on your laptop? Are you ready to roll that laptop up and put it in your pocket? As we told you the other day, scientists revealed flexible coatings filled with e-ink that will turn just about any surface into a screen. Now other components of computers are breaking free from their silicon backbones and getting stretched. Next up: memory chips.
It’s unclear how much can be stored on this flexible memory, but once the chips are perfected, the creators claim that the process of producing them will be relatively simple and inexpensive. The implications on the future of electronics could be pretty wondrous. Imagine the design and functionality possibilities without the restraints of stiff, bulky computing. This could lead to tiny medical sensors or bendable computers. The future looks bright and twisted.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.