'Melt in the body' electronics devised
James Gallagher, 27 September 2012
|(the 'E' is for Ephemerality)|
Ultra-thin electronics that dissolve inside the body have been devised by scientists in the US and could be used for a range of medical roles.
The components are made of silicon and magnesium oxide, and placed in a protective layer of silk.
It is part of a field termed "transient electronics" and comes from researchers who have already developed "electronic tattoos" - sensors that bend and stretch with the skin.
They described their vanishing devices as the "polar opposite" of traditional electronics, which are built to be stable and to last.
did someone say ephemerality?
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