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‘Electronic skin’ offers cheap, eco-friendly alternative to wearable devices

‘Electronic skin’ offers cheap, eco-friendly alternative to wearable devices

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Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder, have developed a thin and flexible wearable circuit board that could replace wearable devices. The new e-skin, described Friday in the journal Science Advances, is cheap to produce and fully-recyclable. Inspired by real skin, the new technology is also self-healing and can perform an array of sensory tasks, from tracking steps to measuring a heartbeat. Advertisement Researchers suggest the circuit board's thinness and flexibility allow it to easily be reshaped to form to variety of places on the body. "If you want to wear this like a watch, you can put it around your wrist," Jianliang Xiao, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Boulder, said in a news release. "If you want to wear this like a necklace, you ca...