A new electronic material with a touch-responsive design has been developed by a team of scientists in Australia as a potential innovation for creating smartphone touchscreens unlike ever before. The screens are characterized by their ultra-thin design that could one day be printed in a similar fashion to newspaper and manufactured on a large scale.
The material was developed by a team of researchers at RMIT University who took indium-tin oxide which is commonly found in smartphone touchscreens as the jumping off point for a malleable alternative.
Lead researcher Dr. Torben Daeneke spoke on the new material saying, "We’ve taken an old material and transformed it from the inside to create a new version that’s supremely thin and flexible. You can bend it, you can twist it, and you could make it far more cheaply and efficiently than the slow and expensive way that we currently manufacture touchscreens."
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