Plastics & Electronics: The New Flexibility
By Jon Evans
Computers are everywhere: all around your home—in game consoles, televisions, DVD players, and appliances—and they’ve invaded the outside world as well. On every train or plane, in every coffee shop, you’ll see someone working on a laptop; and of course, computers are also in phones, cars, MP3 players, and any other number of electrical gadgets we carry around.
And this is just the beginning. In a few years, computers will also be on clothes, in bags, on walls, on almost every product that we buy, and even inside us, both disseminating and collecting information. This new generation of computers will be cheap, fairly simple, and, crucially, flexible and printable, and the vast majority will probably be made from electrically conducting polymers.