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Flexible LED Tatoos

Flexible LED Tatoos

Flexible, stretchable electronic components that can implanted in a human body will help usher in the brave new world of cyborg enhancement. Using this technology for cosmetics is probably inevitable, but there are also many other uses, such as; bio-medical sensors, body network electronics and a variety of other nano-skin applications.

Flexible LEDs for implanting under the skin – [physorg.com]

Researchers in the US, China, Korea and Singapore have collaborated to develop flexible ultra-thin sheets of inorganic light emitting diodes (LEDs) and photodetectors for implantation under the skin for medical monitoring, activating photo-sensitive drugs, and other biomedical applications.

I’ve got you under my skin – [blog.joerg.heber.name]

Take a piece of silicon, try to bend it and it will break. Stretch a thin film of gold and it will rupture. Conventional metals and semiconductors are brittle and not elastic at all. But these are properties that you need when you want to use electronic devices in unusual places and for unusual applications. In biomedicine for example, if you want to put a diagnostic sensor on top of a muscle. In electronics, when you want to put a large-scale solar cell on the curved top surface of a car.

Sure, you can make a thin film and warp it around a cylinder, and if you do this with electronic circuits it is called flexible electronics. Organic electronics and very thin metal films on plastic can do this. But you cannot fit a two-dimensional sheet on a sphere without stretching it. For such applications you need what is called stretchable electronics, which is different to the flexible electronics that has been around for a while.

New ultra-flexible, waterproof LEDs can be implanted under your skin – [io9.com]

As scientists tend to do, Rogers looks at this from the perspective of how it might benefit humanity. He sees great potential applications in using implanted LEDs for diagnostic purposes, and putting his LEDs on surgical gloves could allow doctors an even better view at what they’re operating on.

But let’s be real here – the crazy awesome applications of this invention way outstrip the humanity-benefiting ones. Implanted LEDs can be the new tattoo – put red ones down your spine for the sexy Cylon look!) Take your boring old household pets and stick some LEDs in them – instant excitement with glowing kitties and puppies! New glowsticks could be twisted 720 degrees to look like double helixes of DNA and handed out to biologists, giving scientific conferences a refreshingly heavy metal feel. And you just know somebody is figuring out how to put these things on a condom.

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