Science fiction is inching closer to reality with the development of revolutionary self-propelling liquid metals – a critical step towards future elastic electronics.
Liquid metals propel future electronics
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VISUAL: Shots of liquid metal, electronics, and close ups of scientific experiments are cut throughout the video, illustrating the descriptions outlined in the text on the screen.
TEXT ON SCREEN: This is a droplet of liquid metal.
It’s got all we need to make electronic circuits –
a highly-conductive metallic core and a semiconducting oxide skin.
And it’s completely malleable.
Which means we could use it to make fully flexible electronics.
Soft circuit systems that act like live cells –
moving around and communicating with each other,
constantly forming new circuits instead of being stuck in one configuration.
This liquid metal droplet is moving on its own.
Our researchers put it in water and tweaked the water’s chemistry.
They changed the concentrations of acid, base and salt components.
And the liquid metal moved and changed shape – all by itself.
Using this discovery, they created moving objects, switches and pumps.
In other words, self-propelling liquid metals.
It’s a breakthrough step on the way to makeshift and floating liquid metal electronics.
Remember the T-1000 from Terminator 2?
One day, we could use this discovery to make one of those.
With better programming. (beat) Obviously.
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