Elastic Technology Could Replace Malfunctioning Tissues

Scientist have been struggling to develop electronics that resemble tissue very well in the hope to better incorporate them into human organs that are in need of some sort of assistance. The technology is being called elastic technology and has been around in prototypes for some time now.

Professor of material science and engineering at the University of Illinois, John Rogers has been working on a device that could wrap itself around a human heart and thus deliver current needed to the heart tissue in order to stop arrhythmia. He thinks the same technology can be applied to other organs as well, including the extremely complex human brain. That would be possible because, compared to other similar devices on the market, who are not too flexible, Roger’s elastic electronics can adapt to stretching and twisting, because they are made of elastic silicon threads.

Rogers has been previously designing flexible electronics for artificial systems like cameras, but is now taking his experiments to the next level: the biological one. Think how post-op complications might be a thing of the past, considering the fact that the body often rejects tissue that it does not “consider” its own. Being tissue like, flexible and almost invisible, are the three big pluses this new technology brings to the table.


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