Electronic and electromagnetic devices that are mechanically soft provide a foundation for new technological interfaces with the body. In this talk, I will present research on “epidermal electronics.” This technology consists of thin films of electronic materials that have mechanical properties matching skin, similar to a temporary transfer tattoo. I will focus on two topics. The first is on the use of fractals as a general design tool for constructing devices with novel mechanical and electronic properties. With these design criteria, I demonstrate multi-functional devices that integrate electrode, temperature sensor, and heater capabilities. The second is on the development of stretchable antennas, which are tunable in frequency and which can be used for wireless power harvesting and communications.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Free and open to the public