Amid signs that “technological breakthroughs are stalling” engineers are looking at a surprising new source for inspiration in creating the latest in modern electronics: the ancient arts.
In this post, Dr. Shenqiang Ren describes how he and his team at the University of Buffalo used the ancient art of kirigami – a lesser-known cousin of the folding art of origami – to design “a stretchable electronic device… that is 3,000 times more conductive of electricity” than standard materials.
And he’s not the only electronics researcher drawing on the secrets of kirigami for inspiration. Of course, for the full update you’ll need to read the entire article.
(Above photo by Doug Levere/University at Buffalo, CC BY-ND)