Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Metal Rubber: smart skin & wearable computers

ScienCentral: Metal Rubber
Metal rubber bends and stretches like rubber but conducts electricity like metal. Metal rubber is a new patented material created by a team of researchers headed by Richard Claus, professor of engineering at Virginia Tech. The possibilities are interesting: artificial muscles, wearable computers, smart clothes for cyborgs, for instance.

"Once NanoSonic can ramp up production, Claus also expects to see Metal Rubber in artificial muscles for robots, stents and other biomedical products, cars, seat cushions, and even flexible TVs you could carry in your pocket. "

See Popular Science for another description of how metal rubber is made.


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