Researchers at a Taiwan university announced last week that they had found a way to use silk membranes in flexible electronic devices and started talks with manufacturers about adopting the unusual but cheap material.
Silk, which has a low material cost (when compared to standard screen tech) can be easily purchased on the island. The material would cost about NT$10 (about 3 cents USD) per device. The technology turns liquid silk into membranes that work as insulators for flexible thin-film transistors, a component of bendable electronics.
Okay, it would be a stretch to say that you could make a mask for the Watchmen character Rorschach out of this stuff, but it’s certainly possible. Can you honestly tell me that someone wouldn’t do it?
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