Stretchable Electronics

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    Wrapped around this cardiac balloon catheter are temperature and EKG sensors and LEDs. The wires are stretchable coils.

    It is manufactured with a lift-off MEMS process. The etched silicon is then stretched and attached to a polymer backing. Silicon usage is minimized over the substrate and the ensemble is quite flexible, to survive inflation and deflation of the balloon.

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    1. jurvetson 24 months ago | reply

      And from Nature Materials, some of the labels:
      Screen Shot 2012-05-05 at 2.02.02 PM

      Here is another example of stretchable electronics from the Rogers Research Group at the U of Illinois.

      And more photos from Google's Solve for X

    2. jeany777 24 months ago | reply

      Can it be wrapped around a heart, organs, body tissues, joints or muscles?

    3. msamaclean © 24 months ago | reply

      Very interesting, indeed!
      I had to do my research on the latest in carotid artery cerebral aneurysm bypass by minimally invasive cath placement of the new Pipeline stent...& I'm here to say, glad I did my homework! I'm wondering how these monitoring electronics could be useful in a cerebral application?

    4. solerena 24 months ago | reply

      I think I need one on my neck...

    5. Jim Rees 24 months ago | reply

      Wow, things have changed since I was in the bioengineering biz 30 years ago. Pretty soon Raquel Welch will be piloting a submarine down my carotid artery.

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