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Well-rounded devices: the fabrication of electronics on curved surfaces – a review

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With the arrival of the internet of things and the rise of wearable computing, electronics are playing an increasingly important role in our everyday lives. Until recently, however, the rigid angular nature of traditional electronics has prevented them from being integrated into many of the organic, curved shapes that interface with our bodies (such as ergonomic equipment or medical devices) or the natural world (such as aerodynamic or optical components). In the past few years, many groups working in advanced manufacturing and soft robotics have endeavored to develop strategies for fabricating electronics on these curved surfaces. This is their story. In this work, we describe the motivations, challenges, methodologies, and applications of curved electronics, and provide a outlook for this promising field.

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Submitted
27 Jan 2021
Accepted
20 Apr 2021
First published
05 May 2021

Mater. Horiz., 2021, Advance Article
Article type
Review Article

Well-rounded devices: the fabrication of electronics on curved surfaces – a review

S. I. Rich, Z. Jiang, K. Fukuda and T. Someya, Mater. Horiz., 2021, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/D1MH00143D

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