Wearables that can be pulled, twisted and contorted could transform smart technology in huge ways, and researchers at the University of Manitoba are, literally, chewing over a new method to make this a reality.
They've created a super stretchy sensor made from chewing gum and carbon nanotubes to help wearables move with twists, turns and bends, while tracking vital signs like breathing.
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To develop this sensor, researchers chewed a piece of gum for half an hour, then cleaned it with ethanol and let it sit overnight. They then applied a solution containing carbon nanotubes to the gum.
The result: a highly flexible and sensitive sensor that can continue to perform key functions while withstanding movements like head-turning and even finger-bending-along with straining of up to 530 percent.
Take a closer look at the gummy sensor in this video.