Japanese scientists develop stretchy, conductive material that presages whipping robot tentacles

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University of Tokyo scientists have developed this rubber-like material that can conduct electricity even when stretched to 2.34 times its original shape, leading to the possibility of condoms that can monitor penises for STDs. (Well, perhaps not, but I always try to find the bright side.) The team suggests that the material could be used to create curved electronic devices or serve as connective tissue in the articulated arms of robots.

Material bends, stretches and conducts electricity? [Reuters via Gearlog]

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2 Responses to Japanese scientists develop stretchy, conductive material that presages whipping robot tentacles

  1. Not a Doktor says:

    yay a cyborg by 2030

  2. Moon says:

    My penis stretches a lot more than 2.34 times, so it wouldn’t work anyway.

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