Washington develops soft rubber metal

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    ‘Thubber’ for use in soft, stretchable electronics

    In a breakthrough for creating soft, stretchable machines and electronics, scientists have developed a novel rubber material with high thermal conductivity and elasticity.

    The material, nicknamed ‘thubber’, is an electrically insulating composite that exhibits an unprecedented combination of metal-like thermal conductivity, elasticity similar to soft, biological tissue, and can stretch over six times its initial length. The key ingredient in “thubber” is a suspension of non-toxic, liquid metal micro-droplets.

    “Until now, high power devices have had to be affixed to rigid, inflexible mounts that were the only technology able to dissipate heat efficiently,” said Jonathan Malen, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University.

    “Now, we can create stretchable mounts for LED lights or computer processors that enable high performance without overheating in applications that demand flexibility, such as light-up fabrics and iPads that fold into your wallet,” said Mr. Malen.


    Sounds pretty cool. This could be quite a game-changer.
     
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    Well, they have metallic impregnated silicone, iridium gaskets, and all bunch of other exotic metal composite devices, but this is neat too.
     
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    :lol  Hmmm, then it wouldn't be a metal, but sounds interesting... and probably pricey...
    Just think.. drop your iPad and it bounces down the street...one way folks can get exercise.. chasing them into traffic!

    Or worse, the iPad burns a hole in your pocket! .... or starts growing without notice. :eek: 

    On a more serious note: outstanding discovery and should be interesting if this is actually put into practical everyday uses.
     
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    Googled these items, but they didn't sound so hi-tech IMO.

    Yeah, think of it being incorporated into the making of TF toys (first use I thought of to be frank)...

    But really, I hope this tech can go a long way.
     
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    Thats pretty cool. But the elextronics themselves housed inside any device made from this would still be rigid. I can't really see any use for this in everyday life though.


    Oh I take that back. I'm sure you could make an interesting dildo with it.
     
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    Hi-tech is irrelevant if a simple solution addresses the problem effectively. You won't see a material doing much good in the world if it's to expensive to readily apply.

    You can make an interesting dildo with just about anything if you're brave enough.
     
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    How the hell do you fit a iPad in your pocket ? :lol  :lol 
     
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    Oh I know. But it really does sound like the perfect material for job.
     
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    Very interesting.
     
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    Neat! So can this material be applied to something like, say, toys? :D 
     
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    They say it's nontoxic, so that's one issue out of the way, but if they want it to dissipate heat for electronics, there is a question of how warm it's going to get in human hands. And then of course, the cost of the material.
     
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    Re-read the OP, it says it could stretch 6 x it's original size so using that for a reference iPads could fit in your pocket, just as an iPhone almost does today!:p