medical device design with flexible electronicsThe technology surrounding flexible electronics is making considerable strides, with the latest news coming out of Stanford University.

A team at Stanford has developed a system composed of layers of polymers that provide stretch-ability, electrical conductance and insulation. Importantly, the team has also developed a method to fabricate the material in production quantities.

With 6000 sensors packed into a 2-inch square area, the material can stretch to twice its relaxed size. It was tested through 1000 cycles without loss of sensitivity. It can also adhere to irregular surfaces.

The research team envisions that the material could be used as electronic skin to, for example, give a hand prostheses a sense of touch. There are many other medical applications that this type of material could be used for.