Microsoft Showcases Foldable and Printable Electronics
Microsoft is gunning for a future with printable and foldable electronics, and today we saw the company highlight its efforts in reaching that goal at the Microsoft Research’s Devices and Networking Summit.
Microsoft currently has two projects that are being handled by its R&D team, and which will possibly revolutionize the way we see electronics in the future.
Microsoft has successfully managed to develop electronics that have been constructed completely out of textile materials. This not only allows for better portability by folding it like a normal piece of cloth, but also for embedding touch functionality – without any loss of structural integrity to the electronics hardware.
This is possibly the next-generation version of wearable technology, and has a lot of potential to be used in the fields of medicine, schools, entertainment, building/architecture and so on.
The second project saw the Microsoft team develop a transparent organic conducting polymer that can be directly printed onto materials, including flexible ones, to create circuits or sensors. The ink, which uses organics, carbon nanotubes and silver nanoparticles can instantly create a circuit board that’s printed, either by inkjet printer or even by a regular pen.
These prototypes are just in their early stages, and there are similar versions available in the market. However, we can be sure to expect even greater features being integrated in these works by Microsoft.