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Vanishing Electronics

dissolving transient electronic device

A water droplet dissolves electronic components of a transient electronic device: transistors, diodes, inductors, capacitors, and resistors, all on a thin silk substrate.

Credit: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

Engineers are reinventing electronics by building safe devices that dissolve in the body or within the environment. The technology could redefine everything from medicine to computing.

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