Foldable phones within five years
Foldable phones will be on the market within five years, a member of the Graphene Flagship programme said on Tuesday.
The pan-European research initiative is made up of over 150 academic and industrial institutions across 23 countries, who are tasked with taking graphene out of the lab and on to the market.
Mobiles and wearable tech is one sector the group is targeting because of graphene's unique properties.
The substance is stronger than steel but thinner than paper, as well as being bendable, stretchable, highly conductive and extremely lightweight.
Researchers from Aachen University in Germany were at Mobile World Congress to display flexible microchips can be used as wireless receivers. They expect phones to be made of the same material by 2023, allowing users to bend their devices and even fold them up.
Another team from Barcelona is developing a neuron sensor that can be embedded onto the brains of patients who have lost the ability to speak. The sensor is designed to translate electrical impulses into words and text that can be sent to a mobile device or computer via a wireless transmitter.
Researchers are also trying to harness graphene's properties as a pressure sensor, by incorporating it into smart running shoes. Graphene pads in the shoes' insoles measure the pressure distribution of each step, which is transmitted to a mobile app via Bluetooth, allowing a runner to achieve the most efficient gate.
PostedOn: 28 Feb 2018
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