I was especially impressed with the extruded metal process to make wires and to connect circuits. I could see an application for rapid prototype PCB's being made in the future (without the use of the old 'green wire' technique).
TJ – good statement; this IS jaw-dropping. I wonder how well it might stand up to any prolonged use, as it appears to be pretty "fluid" (or, damageable). Also, I have no idea how stable ( or, safe & non-toxic?) Gallium is. I do know from my work with touch-screens and LCDs that Indium is pretty inert.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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