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Liquid Electronics on the Horizon

Liquid at room temperature, an indium gallium alloy can be used to create stretchable circuit wiring...
Liquid at room temperature, an indium gallium alloy can be used to create stretchable circuit wiring and electrical switches(Credit: College of Engineering/Carnegie Mellon University)

In a step towards creating a new class of electronics that look and feel like soft, natural organisms, mechanical engineers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing a fluidic transistor out of a metal alloy of indium and gallium that is liquid at room temperature. From biocompatible disease monitors to shape-shifting robots, the potential applications for such squishy computers are intriguing. read more