A new class of electronics can dissolve and disappear on a pre-set schedule, within a few minutes or a few years, depending on when you want them to go away.
They could live in the body and deliver drugs, they could stick on the exterior of buildings or tanks, and they can become compost instead of metal scrap—in other words, they turn the common conception of electronics completely upside down.
Transient electronics, as they’ve been dubbed, are a combination of silk and silicon designed to work seamlessly in our bodies and in our environments.
In a new study, researchers built a thermal device designed to monitor infection in a rodent and a 64-pixel digital camera—all from dissolvable material.
Fascinating! What if your old cellphone just disappeared? “Dissolvable material” seems kinda freaky, but … maybe a good thing if it’s real??