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Silver Nanowire Sensors: The New Frontier of Wearable Tech

on Friday, Jan. 17th

Friday’s are supposed to be slow news days, but with President Obama announcing his plans to change the National Security Agency’s wiretapping program it will be easy to miss out on the little tidbits that we’ll be talking about in two year’s time.

Like the breakthrough in sensor tech that researchers have made: silver nanowires about as thin as a Band-Aid that can be used in all kinds of applications:

North Carolina State University researchers have used silver nanowires to develop wearable, multifunctional sensors that could be used in biomedical, military or athletic applications, including new prosthetics, robotic systems and flexible touch panels. The sensors can measure strain, pressure, human touch and bioelectronic signals such as electrocardiograms.

Sensors this thin could be worn unobtrusively, which is the kind of breakthrough required to push wearable technology out of the smart watch era and into the kind of sci-fi milieu that futurists daydream about.

Via: The Verge

 

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