Eye-catching electronics

Researchers at ETH are developing electronic components that are thinner and more flexible than before. They can even be wrapped around a single hair without damaging the electronics. This opens up new possibilities for ultra-thin, transparent sensors that are literally easy on the eye.

Research team finds way to make solar cells thin, efficient and flexible

Converting sunshine into electricity is not difficult, but doing so efficiently and on a large scale is one of the reasons why people still rely on the electric grid and not a national solar cell network.

With carbon nanotubes, a path to flexible, low-cost sensors

Researchers at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) are showing the way toward low-cost, industrial-scale manufacturing of a new family of electronic devices. A leading example is a gas sensor that could be integrated into food packaging to gauge freshness, or into compact wireless air-quality monitors.

A stretchable battery for flexible electronics

A newly-developed, stretchable lithium-ion battery could be used in the human body to power bionic implants and monitor brain or heart activity.

Flexible 'paper' tablet previewed at CES

The bendy tablet has been coming for quite a while now, but a version to be shown off today at CES could be ready for the market within three years, say its creators.

Touch-sensitive plastic skin can heal itself

Stanford scientists have for the first time created a synthetic material that can sense subtle pressure and heal itself when torn or cut.

Robotic hand can re-attach its own fingers

Sandia National Laboratories has built a robotic hand designed for disarming improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, that's so flexible it can even repair itself.

New process promises cheap, flexible electronics

Televisions as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper could be on the way, thanks to a new technique for printing electronics.

Samsung preps flexible mobile displays for 2012 launch

Samsung is reportedly prepping a lineup of flexible color displays that could launch by the end of 2012 and find its way into devices such as smartphones and tablets by 2013.

LG kicks off production of e-paper displays

Flexible e-paper displays have been the stuff of our collective mobile dreams for years, but the technology is typically relegated to showroom floors at CES, MWC and CTIA.

New OLED manufacturing method promises lower-cost, flexible screens

Engineering researchers at the University of Toronto say they've developed the world’s most efficient organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) on plastic.

Paper-thin, flexible smartphone could revolutionize industry

Within five years, all phones could be as thin and flexible as a sheet of paper, according to a Canadian scientists who's presenting a prototype at a conference in Vancouver next week.

Stretchable solar cells power artificial 'super skin'

Stanford researcher Zhenan Bao has created 'super skin' - so sensitive to pressure it can feel a fly touch down, and powered by flexible, stretchable solar cells.

Carbon nanotube transistors could create new era of cheap electronics

The development of a new production method could make it possible to manufacture superior-quality, flexible, electronic products at an extremely affordable price.

This flexible color AMOLED is just 0.01cm thick

Taiwanese researchers have designed an amazingly flexible 6" color AMOLED. 

The display - which measures just 0.01cm thick - is capable of rendering images even when folded.